9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Monroe Regional Airport

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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
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 7th (Sun), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca day trip planning tool.

Monroe, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, and stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall.

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

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

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Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sat): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping
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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.