9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to BWI Amtrak/MARC Station, Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia

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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 12th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

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

You can drive from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.