9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Austin

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Austin, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nanny Garden. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, stop by Urban Eclectic Jewelry, and relax and rejuvenate at The Empower Yourself Project.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara

— 1 night
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at International Animal Rescue Costa Rica, then explore the galleries of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then stroll through Playa Guiones.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nosara visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Nosara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa online trip builder.

You can take a shuttle from Nosara to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.