9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Jonesboro
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Jonesboro

1
night
Monteverde

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

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Jonesboro, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 21-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally stop by Holalola Souvenir Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Jose travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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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 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel 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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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