9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
On the 1st (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde driving holiday planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Monteverde. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Vara Blanca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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.
On the 4th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can 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, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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