9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning site.

Panama City, Panama to Monteverde is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Monteverde. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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 La Fortuna Waterfall and Proyecto Asis. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
nights
Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip builder.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. Kids will appreciate attractions like Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

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.