9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain
Fly:  14​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
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Port of Spain

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary maker .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #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.
On the 10th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel planner.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can 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
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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at 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 traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde holiday maker website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

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