9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco day trip planning website.

Phoenix, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

1
night
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 8th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Spas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary tool.

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 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

2
nights
Uvita

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.
On the 11th (Mon), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, do sightseeing your way with Safari Adventures, and then look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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.