9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Denver
Fly + shuttle:  12​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h
Denver

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 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): 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 ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip planner.

Denver, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Denver to Monteverde, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

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

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

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.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park travel route app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in April, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

1
day
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday planner.

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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in April: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 95°F and lows are around 73°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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