9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  9 h
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose road trip planning tool.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to San Jose is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 81°F and lows are around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas
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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
On the 12th (Sun), stroll through Bosque de la Hoja, tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas, and then gain a rich perspective with Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara online holiday maker.

Getting from San Jose to Santa Barbara by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Heredia
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Bosque de la Hoja ©
Bosque de la Hoja

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Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Pejibaye River, look for gifts at House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Copal Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Monument.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turrialba online route planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Turrialba takes 2.5 hours. August in Turrialba sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Copal Reserve, House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument
Pejibaye River ©
Pejibaye River
House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador ©
House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador

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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 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours.

To plan Manuel Antonio vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
The Captain's Booty ©
The Captain's Booty

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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 17th (Fri): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio, and finally view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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