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
Fly
2
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Toronto

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nights
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 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Tamarindo Church, then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at Secret Spot VIP Tours, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo driving holiday planning app.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

1
night
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 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to San Jose by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. April in San Jose sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see MidWorld Costa Rica. Keep things going the next day: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

2
nights
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 14th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jaco day trip site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

2
nights
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 15th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, then stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde road trip planning site.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.