9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

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.
On the 9th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, stroll through Nature Observatorio, and then view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
night
Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa travel planning app.

Getting from Tortuguero to Santa Teresa by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

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nights
Tamarindo

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 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Cata Chocolate and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playas del Coco online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.