9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Memmingen

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool.

Memmingen, Germany to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Memmingen to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 5th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.