10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Richmond International Airport

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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

On the 1st (Sat), take in the history at Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip planner.

Richmond, USA to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Richmond to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then get interesting insight from Tours, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Tarantulas Way, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

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San Jose

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 5th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose journey planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio journey website.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

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Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

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Playa Flamingo

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Flamingo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.