9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Kingston, Jamaica
+5
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  12 h 15 min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9 h
End: Kingston, Jamaica

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.
On the 10th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then look for gifts at House of Cigars. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and finally look for gifts at Super Joseth.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder.

Kingston, Jamaica to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 13- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices ©
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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.
For shopping fun, head to Souvenir Leo or Galeria Aguas Verdes. Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park online road trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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