10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
3
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Parque Nahomi. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Walking tours

2
nights
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 17th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 20th (Sun), stroll through Monkey Park, thenpush the limits with an extreme tour, and then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, thenget in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Off-Road Tours

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