9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Philadelphia
Train:  13 h 30 min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Philadelphia

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.
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, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 12.5-hour train ride. 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
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Uvita

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, thenenjoy 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. Another option is to 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 Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

3
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.
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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park, 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. Another option is to 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
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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