10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Jaco
— 1 day
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
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Jaco

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jaco trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Jaco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charlotte to Jaco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Jaco

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Poas Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Metal Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jaco to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cahuita.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): head outdoors with Nature Riders, then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then discover the deep blue sea with The Biologist from Cahuita. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Nature Park Walk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cahuita trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Cahuita by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cahuita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arenal Volcano. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Bogarin Trail. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cahuita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 1 night

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Playas del Coco using our trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.