9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
night
Vara Blanca

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.
To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca online trip itinerary planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Vara Blanca is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Juan to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Juan in July; daily highs in Vara Blanca reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online route maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through The Bat Jungle, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planning app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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