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 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 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, Manuel Antonio is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough 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, trails, wildlife, and theme 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

2
days
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 (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

1
day
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: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Poas Volcano National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

few
hours
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 combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in April, with highs in Tamarindo at 95°F and lows at 73°F. 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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