9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, take in nature's colorful creations at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planning app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

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 12th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.