9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Dominical
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Tamarindo at 95°F and lows at 73°F. You will leave for Playas del Coco on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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1
night
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in April, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Shark Diving

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Hummingbird Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Elena Skywalk and Arte Jaguar Gallery. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

1
night
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
On the 19th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dominical trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and bus from Monteverde to Dominical takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife 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 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), then steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, and finally stop by Chieton Moren.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Jose visit planner .

Getting from Dominical to San Jose by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In April in San Jose, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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