10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ara Manzanillo, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then browse the exhibits of Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca driving holiday planning site.

Charlotte, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charlotte to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Ara Manzanillo
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Ara Manzanillo ©
Ara Manzanillo
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, then stroll through Toucan Rescue Ranch, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and then see the interesting displays at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum ©

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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 14th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Ecocentro Danaus, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker.

Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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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 16th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Tamarindo road trip planning tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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