9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Newark

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night
Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca tour itinerary tool.

New York City, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature

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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.
On the 13th (Sat), look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On your second day here, see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip app.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Shopping

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nights
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 15th (Mon), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde holiday planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.