Travelers with more than a week to spend in Costa Rica have time to experience more of what makes the country so exceptional. These unique 10-day itineraries lead you through the best of Costa Rica, whether you're interested in seeing the top natural highlights or focusing on a specific interest, like adventure activities or wildlife spotting. From a family-friendly tour to a coastal adventure featuring snorkeling and whitewater rafting, there's something for everyone.

Itinerary #1: Costa Rica's Natural Wonders

Discover Costa Rica's spectacular outdoor landscapes on this on this exciting 10-day adventure through Arenal, the cloud forest of Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

An aerial view of Manuel Antonio National Park's coastline
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Sightsee in Downtown San José San José
Day 2 Explore the Rainforest at Night La Fortuna
Day 3 Sloth & Bird Hike, Soak in Hot Springs La Fortuna
Day 4 Visit the Rio Celeste & Finca Verde Nature Farm La Fortuna
Day 5 Taste Costa Rican Coffee, Nighttime Nature Walk Monteverde
Day 6 Tour the Monteverde Cloud Forest Monteverde
Day 7 Transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park Manuel Antonio
Day 8 Explore Manuel Antonio National Park  Manuel Antonio
Day 9 Boat in Manuel Antonio & Learn to Surf  Manuel Antonio
Day 10 Depart Costa Rica  


Welcome to Costa Rica! You'll spend day one sightseeing in San José, then transfer to La Fortuna for a nighttime rainforest walk. Look for sloths in the wild, hike around Arenal Volcano, and soak in the Tabacon Hot Springs, then spend some time in Tenorio Volcano National Park, home to the beautiful Rio Celeste.

Travel to Monteverde next, where you'll tour a coffee plant—and taste locally produced coffee—before going for a hike in the cloud forest. Finish up the trip in Manuel Antonio National Park. You’ll go for a sailing adventure along the coastline and have the opportunity to take a surf lesson before the trip is over. Learn more 

Find out more about the country's coffee traditions by reading this article, The Ultimate Guide to Costa Rican Coffee: How to Choose the Best Experience For You.

Itinerary #2: Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal, Monteverde & the Osa Peninsula

Spot monkeys and toucans in the wild—and sleep in luxury hotels and lodges every night—on this thrilling 10-day itinerary around Arenal, Monteverde, and the remote Osa Peninsula.

Arenal Volcano, one of Costa Rica's best highlights
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José, Explore Downtown  San José
Day 2 Transfer to Drake Bay & Take a Birdwatching Tour Drake Bay
Day 3 Hike in Corcovado National Park Drake Bay
Day 4 Snorkel at Isla del Caño Biological Reserve Drake Bay
Day 5 Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall La Fortuna
Day 6 Visit Arenal Volcano & Soak in Hot Springs La Fortuna
Day 7 Taste Costa Rican Coffee, Nighttime Nature Walk Monteverde
Day 8 Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest on a Guided Hike Monteverde
Day 9 Have Fun at the Sky Adventures Park Monteverde
Day 10 Depart Costa Rica  


After a day exploring San José, you’ll take a short flight to Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. During your stay in the region, you’ll go on a birdwatching hike, discover Corcovado National Park, and snorkel in a protected area rich with marine life. Fly back to San José, then transfer by land to La Fortuna.

You'll venture to La Fortuna Waterfall Reserve on your first excursion in the area. Try waterfall rappelling, also known as canyoning, before sampling Costa Rican coffee and spotting wildlife on a guided hike of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Spend the last day of the trip zip lining at the popular Sky Adventures Park. Learn more

Read more about the Top Nature Experiences in Costa Rica.

Itinerary #3: Family Adventure in Arenal & the Nicoya Peninsula

Travelers of all ages will love this family-oriented 10-day tour that features outdoor adventures including snorkeling, boating, zip-lining, hiking, swimming, and soaking in hot springs.

Snorkeling off the Nicoya Peninsula
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Explore Downtown San José San José
Day 2 Enjoy the La Paz Waterfall Gardens La Fortuna
Day 3 Go on a Safari Float & Soak in Hot Springs  La Fortuna
Day 4 Have Fun at the Sky Adventures Park Monteverde
Day 5 Tour the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve  Monteverde
Day 6 Relax on the Beach in Sámara Sámara
Day 7 Kayak & Snorkel Around Isla Chora  Sámara
Day 8 Visit a Scarlet Macaw Refuge and Breeding Center Sámara
Day 9 Enjoy a Safari Boat Trip Sámara
Day 10 Depart Costa Rica  


Spend a day exploring kid-friendly attractions in San José before moving on to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Enjoy a safari-style boat ride and a hike around Arenal Volcano. The whole family will have fun zip-lining and riding gondolas at the Sky Adventures Park, followed by a tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest.

Transfer to Sámara on the Nicoya Peninsula, a great place to try kayaking and snorkeling during an excursion around Isla Chora. Finish up the trip with a visit to a scarlet macaw refuge and a boat trip where you and your family might be able to spot bottlenose and spotted dolphins. Learn more

For ideas on where to stay in the Arenal region, read this article on the Best Family Hotels in La Fortuna

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Itinerary #4: Costa Rica Adventure & Wildlife Tour 

Get acquainted with Costa Rican wildlife, and enjoy plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities along the way, on this outdoorsy 10-day journey around the country's volcanoes, cloud forests, and beaches.

Scarlet Macaw takes flight in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José San Jose
Day 2 San José to Arenal La Fortuna
Day 3 Mountain Biking in Arenal La Fortuna
Day 4 Hanging Bridges, Waterfalls & Hot Springs La Fortuna
Day 5 Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge La Fortuna
Day 6 Boat from Arenal to Monteverde, Night-time Nature Tour Monteverde
Day 7 Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike Monteverde
Day 8 Birdwatching & Jungle Hike Monteverde
Day 9 Monteverde to San José San Jose
Day 10 Depart San José  


Begin with a guided mountain bike tour of Arenal Volcano National Park. You'll pedal towards the village of El Castillo, stopping for snacks and a swim at Lake Arenal. Then take a naturalist-led night hike and spot nocturnal animals like sloths, bats, and frogs, followed by a day trip to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge for birdwatching.

After a raft trip down the Río Frio (keep your eyes open for monkeys, sloths, and jaguars), you'll head to Monteverde. Take an evening to enjoy the Quaker town of Santa Elena, and end your trip with a few days of exploration in the area's multiple cloud forest reserves. Learn more

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Itinerary #5: Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and the Pacific Coast 

This dynamic 10-day itinerary around Costa Rica combines mountain adventures and wildlife viewing with a relaxing beach holiday on the country's beautiful Pacific coast.

Hiking in Rincón de la Vieja
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Liberia - Transfer to Rincón De La Vieja Rincon de la Vieja
Day 2 Hiking in Rincon de la Vieja National Park - Oropendola Waterfall Rincon de la Vieja
Day 3 Rincon de la Vieja - Transfer to Arenal Volcano National Park Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 4 Arenal Hanging Bridges - La Fortuna Waterfall and Hot Springs Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 5 Boat from Arenal to Monteverde - Nocturnal Nature Tour Monteverde
Day 6 Aerial Fun in the Cloud Forest Monteverde
Day 7 Monteverde - Transfer to the Gulf of Papagayo Gulf de Papagayo
Day 8 Beach Day and Sunset Catamaran Sail Gulf de Papagayo
Day 9 Free Day in Guanacaste Gulf de Papagayo
Day 10 Depart Costa Rica from Liberia  


Your first stop is Rincón de la Vieja National Park, where you'll hike the Las Pailas loop through tropical forest and take a swim at the base of the Oropendola Waterfall. Then travel by boat to Monteverde for some aerial fun at Sky Adventures Park—try zip-lining, enjoy the views from a gondola, and take a guided Sky Walk high above the jungle canopy.

From there, head to Guanacaste on Costa Rica's western coast. Take a sunset catamaran cruise in the Gulf de Papagayo and choose from a number of amazing day trips. Embark on a jungle trail tour and relax in thermal pools at Sensoria, or enjoy the rainforest from the water on a two-hour safari float along the Corobicí RiverLearn more

Itinerary #6: Caribbean Coast Adventure Tour

On this active 10-day tour around Costa Rica, you'll snorkel around coral reefs, raft the world-class rapids of Río Pacuare, hike along the Caribbean coast, and more. 

Snorkeling off the Caribbean coast
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José San Jose
Day 2 Rafting Río Pacuare on Class II-IIl Rapids Río Pacuare
Day 3 Rafting Class III-IV Rapids, Continue to Tortuguero Tortuguero
Day 4 Monkeys & Turtles in Tortuguero National Park Tortuguero
Day 5 Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 6 Sloths, Jaguars & Beach Time in Puerto Viejo Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 7 Hiking & Snorkeling in Cahuita National Park Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 8 Puerto Viejo Free Day Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 9 Puerto Viejo to Braulio Carrillo National Park to San José San Jose
Day 10 Depart San José  


This itinerary is ideal for travelers heading to Costa Rica during the "green season" (May through November), as the Caribbean side stays relatively dry during rainy months. You'll have the chance to see turtles nesting in Tortuguero National Park. You'll also visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, a home and rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned animals.

Then make the short drive south to Cahuita National Park for an easy jungle hike and an overnight stay. End your trip in Braulio Carrillo National Park, where hikers will find uncrowded trails—both short and long, ranging from easy to difficult—and native species such as white-faced monkeys, jaguars, tapir, armadillos, and anteaters. Learn more

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