10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica attractions planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Valparaiso

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder.

Valparaiso, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 21st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Trapiche Tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Monteverde trip simple and quick.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planning website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.