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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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 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.
On the 12th (Sun), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary maker.

Santiago, Chile to Monteverde is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Monteverde is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo tour planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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 Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
On the 18th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · 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.