9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 1 day
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
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San Jose

— 1 day
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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose road trip site.

Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get much warmer in San Jose: highs are around 79°F and lows about 66°F. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.
You've added Los Lagos Hot Springs, Proyecto Asis, Kalambu Hot Springs, and other attractions to your itinerary. Attractions like La Fortuna Waterfall and Onirica Art Gallery make great kid-friendly stops. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and stroll around Bogarin Trail.

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

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
On the 29th (Sun), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

Planning Monteverde trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Uvita Beach, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Hacienda Baru Lodge, and other attractions. Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and Manuel Antonio National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route builder website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

San Jose

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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

4.4
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.