9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  8​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
Chicago

2
days
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally stop by Holalola Souvenir Shop.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose day trip website .

Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in February, with highs in San Jose at 79°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

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Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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2
days
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 16th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then 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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde day trip website .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

2
days
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.
On the 18th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Leo.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

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

1
day
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 20th (Tue): look for gifts at Super Joseth, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Super Joseth ©
Super Joseth

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