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.
For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder .

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. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Chicago in April, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 82°F and lows at 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel 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, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip simple and quick.

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) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then 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, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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, #Adventure
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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): explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park journey planner.

You can 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. In April, daily temperatures in Poas Volcano National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks
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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.
To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo itinerary builder .

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. 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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