9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Boston
bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cano Negro
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Zarcero
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Grecia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + shuttle + bus:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Boston

1
day
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 27th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde vacation planner.

Boston, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline

2
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.
On the 28th (Wed), hike along Ecocentro Danaus and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cano Negro.

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

1
day
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Bio Thermales Hot Springs.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Zarcero.

Things to do in Cano Negro

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Bio Thermales Hot Springs
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Bio Thermales Hot Springs ©
Bio Thermales Hot Springs

1
day
Zarcero

Zarcero
On the 3rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve and then stroll through Costa Rica's Senor Scissorhands Topiary.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zarcero tour planner.

You can drive from Cano Negro to Zarcero in 2 hours. March in Zarcero sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Grecia.

Things to do in Zarcero

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve
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1
day
Grecia

Grecia ©
Grecia is the capital city of the canton of Grecia in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metal Church, then get some fabulous bargains at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grecia trip builder.

Traveling by car from Zarcero to Grecia takes an hour. In March, daytime highs in Grecia are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Grecia

#Parks, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sarchi
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Else Kientzler Botanical Garden ©
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden
Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro ©
Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
Metal Church ©
Metal Church

1
day
San Jose

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 5th (Mon), look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Jose holiday planner.

You can drive from Grecia to San Jose in an hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grecia in March: highs in San Jose hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in San Jose

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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River Rafting & Tubing
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom ©
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom

few
hours
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco itinerary maker.

Getting from San Jose to Playas del Coco by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Jose in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Playas del Coco: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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