9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Boston
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Boston

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Mon), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

Boston, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Monteverde. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. March in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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