9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  1​h
1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: San Jose

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip tool .

San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Tours Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio tour planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Dona Ana.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online holiday planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Dona Ana
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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