9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Bratislava
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  22​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Fly:  21​h
End: Bratislava

1
night
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 27th (Thu): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary planning app .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Monteverde is an approximately 23-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bratislava to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

few
hours
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 2nd (Wed), stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vara Blanca can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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