10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  6​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos planner .

Washington DC, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
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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.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then stroll through Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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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.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uvita online trip maker .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Photography Tours
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Photography Tours

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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 4th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Lis Umana Beachwear and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online trip maker .

You can drive from Uvita to Playas del Coco in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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