10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
San Jose

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then view the masterpieces at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally look for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Jose travel planner .

Orlando, USA to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Orlando in May, you will find days in San Jose are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

San Isidro
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Chocolatería Sibú ©
Chocolatería Sibú

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 10th (Fri), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita tour planning site .

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Spas & Wellness

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.
On the 11th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, and then soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery, then stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
On the 14th (Tue), shop like a local with Luluberlu Art Gallery and then kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tarantulas Way
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Luluberlu Art Gallery ©
Luluberlu Art Gallery

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