9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Drive to James M Cox Dayton International Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to James M Cox Dayton International Airport, Drive to Dayton

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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.
On the 14th (Sun), stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca journey planner.

Dayton, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Dayton to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site.

Drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip maker site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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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 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
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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 20th (Sat), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
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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.