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 Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website.

Toronto, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Correos de Costa Rica. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip site.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
To plan Manuel Antonio vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Santa Teresa on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Teresa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Con Mucho Gusto.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.