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:  9 h
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
4
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally wander the streets of Multiplaza.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose vacation planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Jose is an approximately 9- hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from San Juan in April, plan for little chillier nights in San Jose, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Multiplaza
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Keep things going the next day: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

1
night
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 1st (Fri), get outside with Costa Rica SUP'ers, stop by Bambu, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco day trip app.

You can take a shuttle from Monteverde to Jaco in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Iglesia La Soledad ©
Iglesia La Soledad

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