9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
2
San Jose
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
4
Jaco
— Few hours
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip website.

Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Tamarindo to be warmer, temps between 82°F and 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Jose itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tamarindo in December, expect little chillier with lows of 66°F in San Jose. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

2
nights
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 29th (Fri): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Biesanz and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

few
hours
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 31st (Sun), view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Ecocentro Danaus, then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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