9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

1
day
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 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas & Wellness

3
days
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, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
days
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.

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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 do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

0
days
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 do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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