9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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San Jose
— 1 night
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
6
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenenjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Junquillal and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Montreal in November, expect San Jose to be much hotter, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Junquillal, Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral
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Spas
Universidad de Costa Rica ©
Universidad de Costa Rica
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design ©
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
You've now added Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Choco, thenstroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip website.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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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 9th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip maker site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 10th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa itinerary tool.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 11th (Mon), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Spas

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night
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. On the 12th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Iguanita and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Hermosa tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Hermosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Iguanita
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Iguanita ©
Playa Iguanita

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