10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  11​h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
5
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde travel planner.

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 14th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Manuel Antonio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

3
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.
On the 16th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

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Take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February in San Jose, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 65°F at night. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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