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
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
+2
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
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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 find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app .

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

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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, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

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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): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

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Getting from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

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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, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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