9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly
1
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): kick back and relax at Palo Seco Beach. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, get interesting insight from Tours, and then stop by Jimmy T's Provisions.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco online itinerary planner.

San Antonio, USA to Jaco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

2
nights
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 18th (Tue): look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
night
Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the galleries of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Carrillo. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, and then stroll through dondeJavitours.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Playa Samara trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, stop by EK Art Jewelry, stop by Papaya Con Leche, then take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

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Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.