9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Thunder Bay
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Thunder Bay

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours as well as Anywhere Costa Rica - Day Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Thunder Bay, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip generator.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
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 6th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then look for gifts at Super Joseth.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio National Park trip builder.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In May in Manuel Antonio National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Super Joseth ©
Super Joseth

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 8th (Mon), stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio National Park to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Vara Blanca sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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