9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Detroit

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nights
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 13th (Sat), get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the next day, stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, get the lay of the land with Doka Estate Coffee Tour, and then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary tool.

Detroit, USA to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Poas Volcano National Park is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Poas Volcano
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
Doka Estate Coffee Tour ©
Walking tour
Doka Estate Coffee Tour
4.4

2
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.
On the 15th (Mon), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Tortuguero road trip tool.

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 March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip
Tortuguero National Park ©
National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4

1
night
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, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online journey planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
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): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery
4.8

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