9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner

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San Jose
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Herradura
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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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.
For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online travel planner.

Atlanta, USA to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Atlanta to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in June, you will find days in San Jose are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Herradura.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:

Herradura

— 4 nights
Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Carara National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Herradura holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Herradura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Herradura

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

San Jose

— 1 night
On the 19th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose travel tool.

You can drive from Herradura to San Jose in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.