9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night

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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 9th (Mon): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde online itinerary builder.

San Diego, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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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.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. November in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
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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 a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
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1
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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 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

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

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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