9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Montreal

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app .

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, then 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 Frog Pond.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde online tour planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park online attractions planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planning website .

Drive from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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