9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 1 night

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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip app.

New York City, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero online route planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online vacation planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
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 19th (Fri): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 20th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tamarindo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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