9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
San Jose
— 1 night
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Los Angeles


Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights


Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Take a break from the city and head to Puerto Viejo Beach and Punta Uva Beach. Shop till you drop at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Burbank, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Burbank to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.
On the 15th (Sun), examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing, Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. On the 16th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. On the next day, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · 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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.