9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + shuttle:  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
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Montreal

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.
On the 5th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde travel route planning site .

Montreal, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero journey planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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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.
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 reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel planner .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 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) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

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