9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 1 night
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online trip maker.

Durham, USA to San Jose is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durham to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 67°F in San Jose. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, Jungle Night Tour Manuel Antonio and Manuel Antonio National Park. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): 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: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde route planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

San Jose

— 1 night
On the 21st (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

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.