9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

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.
To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website .

Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas & Wellness

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
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 (Thu): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online journey planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 14th (Sat), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park travel route planning app .

Drive from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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