9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— Few hours
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Dubrovnik

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip maker website.

Dubrovnik, Croatia to Tamarindo is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

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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 5th (Fri), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Monteverde takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.