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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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
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Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 14th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Belfast, UK to Tamarindo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · 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.
On the 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip maker.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio visit planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.