9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  12 h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
Bus + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

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 5th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip planning website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
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 11th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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