10 days in Costa Rica itinerary [2023]

Are you looking for adventure, nature and waterfalls? Then make sure you add spending 10-days in Costa Rica to your bucket list!

Having spent 3 weeks in Costa Rica in May this year I fell madly in love with this beautiful country. It’s a country of jungles, wildlife, nature and adrenaline with new adventure around every corner. I toured around Costa Rica for ten days with G Adventures on their Costa Rica Quest tour with a group of the best people.

I would highly recommend spending at least two weeks in the country and a 10-day tour is the perfect amount of time to see all of the main spots. The action-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights that we did with G Adventures is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity in the north, whilst also relaxing and surfing in Manuel Antonio National Park.

The most amazing part of our trip with G Adventures was also our amazing CEO Grace who looked after us for the ten days, making us feel supported and guided throughout. 

So do you want to know how to spend 10 days in Costa Rica? Let’s go!

10 days in Costa Rica itinerary

Weather in Costa Rica

Monthly temperature

Average Monthly Temperature                 Rainfall           
January 79 F / 26 C                                     0.3 inches       
February 80 F  / 27 C                                  0.4 inches     
March 82 F / 29 C                                        0.5 inches       
April 83 F / 30 C                                           3.2 inches
May 82 F / 29 C                                            10.5 inches 
June 81 F / 28 C                                           11.0 inches 
July 80 F / 27 C                                            7.2 inches 
August 81 F / 28 C                                       10.9 inches 
September 80 F / 27 C                               14.0 inches 
October 80 F / 27 C                                     13.0 inches 
November 79 F / 26 C                                5.3 inches 
December 78 F / 26 C                                 1.3 inches 

What language do they speak in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica’s official and predominant language is Spanish. The variety spoken there, Costa Rican Spanish, is a form of Central American Spanish. 

What currency do they use in Costa Rica?

The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colon. Each colon is divided into 100 centimos. When you’re buying currency for Costa Rica, look out for the currency code CRC.



10 days in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Quest – 8 nights, 9 days

  • San Jose to San Jose
  • Travel Style: Classic
  • Physical Rating: 2 – Light
  • Trip Type: Small Group


1. Chase waterfalls across the country
2. Go surfing or get a surf lesson along the coast 
3. Visit Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation 
4. Take a swim in the Pacific Ocean 
5. Walk along the Hanging Bridges in Monteverde
6. Go searching for wildlife at Manuel Antonio National Park 
7. Go hiking for views of Arenal Volcano 
8. Have a soak at Tabacon Resort and hot springs 
9. Take a boat tour on Arenal Lake 
10. Go for a night tour to spot wildlife in the dark 

The best things to do during 10 days in Costa Rica!


10 days in Costa Rica itinerary


Day 1 San José

On the first night of our 10 days in Costa Rica we headed to our first hotel in San Jose where we met our group and then did a welcome with our tour guide. We headed for dinner together and got to know each other before starting our 10-day adventure.

Day 2 San José to La Fortuna

After an early start and a pit stop to pick up some traditional snacks from a local coop, we drove further in to the jungle to Sarapiquí to visit the G Adventures-supported Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation. It was here we got a tour of the coop and we learnt more about the impact this project has had on the community.

After wandering around the cooperative we were treated to some samples of the coffee they grow and we then had lunch. It was an amazing experience and we loved getting to see the journey from coffee bean to coffee cup.

We then headed onward toward Fortuna where we took an free afternoon to wander around town and pick up some essentials. We stayed this night at the lovely Hotel Eco Arenal.

Activities: G for Good Moment Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour

Day 3 La Fortuna

This was a free day in La Fortuna so me and Theo decided to plan a day out, with a mix of being active and relaxing.

We first headed off on a hike from Arenal Volcano National Park Visitor Center through the Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal. The hike was around 5km but because of the heat and humidity that was more than enough for us! We ended our hike back where we started dripping with sweat and ready for our next activity, which was a welcome relief. 

Next up we headed to the gorgeous Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa where we spent all afternoon until the early evening bouncing from one hot spring to the next and experiencing all the different temperature pools, set in a gorgeous tropical rainforest at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano.

This spa is also part of a five-star resort offering a unique blend of nature, adventure and relaxation and we vowed that next time we return to Costa Rica we will come and stay here.

Other things you can do

  • Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour
  • Arenal Volcano Night Tour
  • La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo
  • Guided ATV Jungle Tour to Arenal Volcano
  • La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour
  • Arenal Rafting Balsa River Class 2 & 3 Rafting
  • Guided Twilight Wildlife Safari
  • Rio Celeste Full-Day Tour
  • Sloth Tour in the Wild
  • Zip Line Experience and Thermal Pools
  • Arenal Mundo Aventura Park Zip-Lining Tour
  • Safari Float on the Penas Blancas River

Day 4 La Fortuna to Monteverde

The next day was mostly a travel day but G Adventures managed to make it fun as we left La Fortuna and headed to Lake Arenal.

We travelled by van and then by boat travelling through the stunning Costa Rican scenery to the other side of the lake where we were picked up once again and we carried on up into the cloud forest.

Once we had checked in to our accommodation we got picked up once again and were taken to a guided night walk to learn about nocturnal life in the jungle firsthand. This amazing experience a night was something neither of us had ever done before but it was amazing to see the nightlife and nature. We saw frogs, birds and even saw a sloth from a distance!


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Day 5 Monteverde

After a long day of travel and then a guided night walk we enjoyed a lie in at our hotel before heading out in the morning for a walk in the Aguti Reserve where we spotted lots of animals on a 5km walk. We then headed back to the hotel for lunch before heading out once again to walk across suspended Hanging Bridges through the forest canopy. We spent around an hour wandering through the rainforest listening to the birds and looking at the tree canopy and although it was a good experience we don’t think we would do it again as we actually ended up seeing more wildlife and paying a lot less money in the morning. Just our opinion though! 

Other things you can do

  • Night tour in Monteverde Tropical Forest
  • Sky Walk, Sky Tram & Sky Trek Zip Lining Tour
  • Monteverde Forest Private Reserve
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Jungle Zipline & Rappel Experience with Transfer
  • Costa Rica Bread Making
  • Kinkajou Night Walk in Monteverde
  • Monteverde Suspension Bridge Guided Hike
  • Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Day Tour
  • Finca El Paraiso Farm & Cheese Tour
  • Wildlife Observation Night Walking Tour

Day 6 Monteverde/Quepos

The next day we got up early and started our long drive to Quepos, just outside Manuel Antonio National Park. We decided as the weather was good to go sit on the beach for a few hours in the afternoon and then have a slow evening stopping at a local restaurant for dinner called Bar Amigos. I had planned to do some surfing here as it’s got some great waves, but I was feeling pretty tired and having a good time on the beach with our new friends. 


Day 7 Quepos

Then on our last full day in Manuel Antonio we took advantage of the included entrance into Manuel Antonio National Park and we went to explore this stunning area. Whilst there we got to see so many animals including two clothes, toucans, huge lizards and much more. Manuel Antonio National Park is a small national park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and has as many as 150,000 visitors annually. It is well known for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails and we loved spending the morning here. Do remember to book your tickets in advance and you also have to choose a slot for your booking, with most people going between 6am-8am before the heat makes it unbearable. 

We then spent the afternoon back at our hotel by the pool relaxing, before heading back to San Jose tomorrow. 

Other things you can do

  • Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
  • Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour
  • Cooking Class with a Costa Rican family in the Jungle
  • Off-Road Rainforest and Waterfalls ATV Tour
  • Rainmaker Conservation Park Night Tour
  • Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour
  • KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Tour
  • Wooden Sail Yacht Cruise with Snorkeling & Food
  • Volunteer for a Day at a Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Los Suenos Adventure Park Day Trip
  • Nauyaca Waterfalls Tour with Lunch

Day 8 Quepos/San José

On our penultimate day in Costa Rica we spent a morning relaxing on the beach before checking out and getting picked up by G Adventures and Grace. A few of the group went shopping and explored the town more before the journey by private vehicle back to the capital.

Once we arrived back in San Jose we then headed out for our final dinner together and said thank you to our amazing CEO Grace for looking after us!


Day 9 San José

On our last day we checked out of our hotel and headed back to the airport as we were then flying on to Peru.

Overall we had such an amazing time, we saw so much wildlife and loved being in the rainforest. Our CEO guide Grace was incredible and really made the trip, as did the other guests on our tour. The tour was great and the itinerary gave us so much options to explore this magical country. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Costa Rica and really rate the Costa Rica Quest tour.

What’s Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí
  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting – Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
  • Your Discover Moment: Monteverde
  • Your Discover Moment: Quepos
  • Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
  • Entrance fee to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodations in hotels for 8 night
  • Meals = 1 lunch


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