10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Kalamazoo

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

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Kalamazoo, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Manuel Antonio

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 5th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online visit planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Monteverde

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 6th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the masterpieces at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

3
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 7th (Tue), kick back and relax at Samara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara trip tool .

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

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