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
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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.
On the 6th (Sun), look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning website .

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Manuel Antonio is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
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, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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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): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then stroll through The Bat Jungle, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 13th (Sun), get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. May in Poas Volcano National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

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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.
To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in May; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 39°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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