9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h
End: Toronto

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, thenwhizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thenexperience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde visit planner.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio route planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park road trip site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Vara Blanca
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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