9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
— 1 night
San Jose
— 3 nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Governador José Richa Airport



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 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Lydia Beech Art Boutique. On your second day here, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online vacation maker.

Londrina, Brazil to Tamarindo is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Londrina to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

San Jose

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online road trip planner.

Fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in San Jose are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, stop by Souvenir Leo, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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.