10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 13th (Tue), stroll through Puerto Viejo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. On the next day, head outdoors with Nature Riders, stroll through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, and then look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca route builder app.

Denver, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Denver to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
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Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 15th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero route builder app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Fri), walk around Bogarin Trail, get outside with Flow Trips, and then Head underground at Venado Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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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 18th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Finca el Rodeo and then explore the striking landscape of Up in the Cloud Forest. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Middle Earth Thermal Springs, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Wild Hikes.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Playa Dantita, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

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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.