9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to San Juan

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with El Salto, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning app.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Juan to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 7th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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.