9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  8​h
1
San Jose
— Few hours
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Lima

few
hours
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.
For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner .

Lima, Peru to San Jose is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to San Jose is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Lima, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
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1
night
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 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online trip maker .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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