9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Jose
Drive:  5 h
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: San Jose

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
You've now added Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, explore by horseback at Finca el Rodeo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online travel route planner.

San Jose to Monteverde is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and then stroll around Bogarin Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jaguar Rescue Center. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jaguar Rescue Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip maker.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cahuita
Highlights from your plan
Jaguar Rescue Center ©
Jaguar Rescue Center

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and La Playita. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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