9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Valparaiso, Florida
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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 see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Jose route planner .

Valparaiso, USA to San Jose is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Valparaiso in June, things will get a bit cooler in San Jose: highs are around 81°F and lows about 67°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. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
Santa Elena Skywalk has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Wed), view the masterpieces at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online travel planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jungle Avenue, Catamaran Manuel Antonio and Playa Manuel Antonio. 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: take a memorable tour with Catamaran Manuel Antonio and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planning site .

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 Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Foodie Tours Costa Rica has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sun), let your taste buds guide you at Foodie Tours Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary website .

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours
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Foodie Tours Costa Rica ©
Foodie Tours Costa Rica

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