9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

Portland, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Uvita

— 2 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

Start your trip to Uvita by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
On the 24th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then get interesting insight from Tours, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally see majestic marine mammals with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing.

Plan my day in Jaco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
On the 25th (Thu), stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Bogarin Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, then hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder app.

You can drive from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 27th (Sat), explore the activities along Potrero Beach, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo day trip website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.