9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner
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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip builder.

Tallahassee, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallahassee to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 1 night

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 6th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Adventures.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.
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Uvita — 1 night

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 7th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Uvita online vacation maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva and then stroll through Nature Observatorio. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To plan Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 2 nights

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 10th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then walk around Bogarin Trail.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sun).
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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.
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