10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
San Jose
— 1 night


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.
You've added Rio Celeste, Arenal Volcano, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planning app.

Lima, Peru to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lima to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

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 (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the next day, experience the excitement of El Trapiche Tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde attractions planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games

Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, see Off-Road Tours, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Jose.
Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Side Trip

San Jose — 1 night

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.
To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Thu).
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

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.