9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London


1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park online trip builder .

London, UK to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Poas Volcano National Park. When traveling from London in May, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Poas Volcano National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

Planning Manuel Antonio trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) 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
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

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

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.
On the 9th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: stroll through The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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