9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Liberia
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: San Antonio

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park and then take in the natural beauty of Rio Negro Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, stroll through Playas del coco, and then experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Liberia trip site.

San Antonio, USA to Liberia is an approximately 10-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rio Negro Hot Springs, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playas del coco
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Tio Leo Coffee Tour ©
Tio Leo Coffee Tour
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Playas del coco ©
Playas del coco

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.
Kids will enjoy Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Senderos Los Tucanes, make a splash at Termales Los Laureles, and browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

El Castillo
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Arenal Eco Zoo ©
Arenal Eco Zoo
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

1
night
Monteverde

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 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, thenget to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Alas y Raices ©
Alas y Raices

1
night
Playa Samara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara attractions planning app.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

1
night
Tamarindo

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 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo online vacation planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa ©
Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
On the 6th (Fri), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maderos Brewery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Liberia road trip site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Maderos Brewery ©
Maderos Brewery

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