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
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

Plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Denver, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Spas · Nature · Parks · Adventure

San Jose

— 2 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online day trip planner.

Drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo online itinerary builder.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.