9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
5
San Jose
— 1 night

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose travel itinerary planner.

Valparaiso, USA to San Jose is an approximately 17-hour flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valparaiso in June: high temperatures in San Jose hover around °F and lows are around °F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Reggae Bar Vagabondo, Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge and Rainforest Chocolate Tour. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at Rainforest Chocolate Tour and then raise your glass at Reggae Bar Vagabondo. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Rainforest Chocolate Tour ©
Rainforest Chocolate Tour

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
You've now added Santa Elena Skywalk to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Wed), view the masterpieces at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On your second day here, stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jungle Avenue, Catamaran Manuel Antonio and Playa Manuel Antonio. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with Catamaran Manuel Antonio and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Catamaran Manuel Antonio ©
Catamaran Manuel Antonio
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue

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San Jose

San Jose ©
You've now added Foodie Tours Costa Rica to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): let your taste buds guide you at Foodie Tours Costa Rica.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours
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Foodie Tours Costa Rica ©
Foodie Tours Costa Rica

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