9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral and Ruins of the Church of Carthage. Visiting Top Travel Costa Rica and Playa Junquillal will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Parque Diversiones, learn more about the world around you at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle, browse the fresh offerings at Feria Verde de Aranjuez, and buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose road trip planning website.

Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 8-hour travel. You can also fly; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Chicago in November; daily highs in San Jose reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Avenida Escazu ©
Shopping Mall
Avenida Escazu
4.7

1
night
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 1st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and finally learn and have fun at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

Find out how to plan La Fortuna de San Carlos trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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 2nd (Wed): get interesting insight from Mike’s Nature Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Spa
Spas
4.7
The Captain's Booty ©
Art Gallery
The Captain's Booty
3.8

1
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Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uvita trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for Tamarindo on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

1
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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Tamarindo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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