Your Ideal 10-Day Costa Rica Travel Itinerary

Your Ideal 10-Day Costa Rica Travel Itinerary

Last Updated on June 9, 2024

Planning a 10-day adventure in Costa Rica is just the right thing that gives you time to explore, relax, and immerse yourself in the diversified landscapes and cultures of the country. From misty cloud forests to unspoiled beaches, Costa Rica is the ultimate sensualist’s delight, tempting every travel enthusiast with the rich natural beauty and countless adventurous possibilities the country offers. 

In this guide, we shall help you plan your Costa Rica travel itinerary 10 days, and surely, in this tropical paradise, you will not miss any place. Each exciting day of discovering will be followed by retreating into the comfort and luxury of your luxury villa rental Costa Rica, where you can relax and recharge in the beauty of your settings.

Day 1: Discovering San Jose 

You will embark on your adventure in the capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose. You will visit famous sites such as the National Museum, Central Market, and National Theater, bustling streets that give an inkling of the full measure of culture and history this country has to offer. Visit famous local restaurants and active markets to enjoy traditional Costa Rican gastronomy and shop for artisan products.

Day 2: A Day of Hiking Up the Arenal Volcano 

Go to La Fortuna and walk in style through Arenal Volcano National Park. View the stunning views of the volcano and rainforest, trekking attractive trails down. On the way, listen to enlightened guides who share interesting insights with humor and intelligence about the geology and wildlife of the park and ecological meaning of the area.

Day 3: Flying on a zip line through the Monteverede Cloud Forest

Prepare to experience the adrenaline of flying in a zip-line over the treetop canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Feel the breeze in your hair and the sensation of flight as you soar over a sea of green with panoramic views at every running point, continuously. Your eyes will be peeled for rare wildlife peeking from the canopy.

Day 4: Just Chilling at Manuel Antonio National Park 

Relax amidst the high rainforest paths and pristine sandy beaches at Manuel Antonio National Park. Here, you can relax onshore, swim in turquoise waters, or catch a view of the amusing sloths, monkeys, and colorful tropical birds.

With that, there are panoramic hiking trails through the diversity of ecosystems with beautiful glimpses of coastal views and hidden waterfalls. Isn’t this perfect to include in your Costa Rica travel itinerary 10 days.

Day 5: Hang at Playa Hermosa 

Close the adventure with two days of surfing in Playa Hermosa, where all surfers can catch consistent waves. Follow days riding the waves with sunset beach strolls, fresh seafood dinners, and the otherwise laid-back vibe of this coastal gem.

Day 6: Wildlife safari in the Tortuguero National Park

You will have an exciting opportunity to enjoy the wildlife safari within Tortuguero National Park. Access to the park is either by boat or by plane only. We will travel down its waterways and through thick jungle areas, spotting howler monkeys, sloths, and toucans. Learn fascinating details about the area’s biodiversity and conservation work being done by local naturalist guides.

Day 7: Take a Dip in the All-Natural Hot Springs of Tabacon 

Unwind at the Tabacon Hot Springs near Arenal Volcano, where the thermal pools are amidst tropical gardens. Tabacon offers serenity within the volcanic Costa Rican landscape.

Day 8: Pacuare River 

The highlight for the day should comprise an adrenaline-filled raft ride down the furious rapids of the Pacuare River. This is a perfect getaway for lovers of adventure and avid rafters. Trained professional guides lead excursions down plunging canyons and across swirling white waters in a landscape of dense jungle.

Day 9: The Hanging Bridges of Arenal 

Hanging Bridges of Arenal Walk through the rainforest canopy on a guided nature walk to hanging bridges over Arenal. This hanging bridge will be above the forest floor and allow viewing across wildlife habitats and over the foliage. Within the forest, knowledgeable guides will explain the rainforest’s ecosystems and its conservation efforts.

Day 10: Snorkeling in Cahuita National Park 

From stunning biodiversity to preserving the coral reef, you can experience it firsthand at Cahuita National Park through the animated sea turtles and multicolored fish that swim around you as you snorkel. Immersive experiences in the region will allow you to appreciate the biodiversity and marine conservation of the area. 


In fact, who can plan your perfect 10-day travel itinerary to Costa Rica better than you? Get the best from busy, lively cities to jungles and unspoiled beaches. After such a thrilling day of discovery and adventure, there is nothing like returning to the serene and comfortable luxury villa rental in Costa Rica. Here, amidst these panoramic landscapes and tranquil environs, one can bask in style with luxury relaxation or rejuvenation experience. 

Whether basking in a private infinity pool that spills into the ocean or sitting on a sunset cocktail from your expansive terrace, every moment in your luxury villa is styled to take your Costa Rica holiday to a new elegant and luxury level. 

So, when planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Costa Rica, include the incomparable luxury of renting a villa, where everything is personalized to go beyond your highest expectations and set up memories that would live with you forever.

About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

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