9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Mal Pais
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Los Angeles, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Mal Pais.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
Mal Pais

Mal Pais ©
Attractions like Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Mariposario Butterfly Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Mal Pais with an excursion to Montezuma Falls in Montezuma--about 42 minutes away.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mal Pais trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Mal Pais takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Mal Pais

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Montezuma, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and then look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Mal Pais to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
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San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica and then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose journey app.

Traveling by shuttle from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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