10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
4
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: 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 other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington DC to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the galleries of Luluberlu Art Gallery, savor the flavors at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Attractions like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Parasailing & Paragliding make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Uvita Waterfall and Uvita Beach. Go for a jaunt from Uvita to Manuel Antonio to see Photography Tours about 2h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

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You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive 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.
On the 4th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): stop by Lis Umana Beachwear and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco journey website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas

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