10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner
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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Bus to San Jose Gran Terminal del Caribe, Fly to Boston

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary website.

Boston, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Uvita.
Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors
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Uvita — 2 nights

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Explore hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Ventanas. Visiting Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Uvita Beach, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita road trip website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 1 night

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 10th (Fri), stroll through Playa Punta Uva, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then savor a hot drink at Choco. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary planning website.

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.