9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  10​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

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 1st (Sun), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Ottawa in April, expect Manuel Antonio to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Turrialba itinerary planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Turrialba by car takes about 4.5 hours. April in Turrialba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©

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 8th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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