9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
3
Turrialba
— 1 night
4
San Jose
— 2 nights

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
For shopping fun, head to Souvenir Leo or Onirica Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning website.

San Francisco, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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 3rd (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, stop by House of Cigars, and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Super Joseth, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, thenlook for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turrialba.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices ©
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
On the 5th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Monument.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Turrialba online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba takes 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Turrialba are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

2
nights
San Jose

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 6th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

Make your San Jose itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Turrialba to San Jose in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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