10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Windsor
+3
bus + Fly + bus + shuttle:  13​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Windsor

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Natura Ecological Park will get you outdoors. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park in La Virgen, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, and take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs.

For ratings and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Windsor, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Windsor to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Canopy San Luis, Butterfly Conservatory, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stop by Jungle Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Rainmaker Park.

Make your Manuel Antonio itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Jungle Avenue, Rainmaker Park
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco sightseeing planner .

Getting from Uvita to Playas del Coco by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Costa Rica'n Art Craft, Playa Hermosa
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River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Cata Chocolate ©
Cata Chocolate

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