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
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
3
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Toronto

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by Cheboards, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

1
night
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 22nd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get outside with Costa Rica SUP'ers.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stop by Super Joseth.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker tool.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the next day, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, then get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and finally explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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.