9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Puerto Limon
— 1 night
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Mexico City

1
night
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.
You've now added Teatro Nacional Costa Rica to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co., and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral.

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Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect San Jose to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in San Jose

#Breweries, #Historic Sites, #Nightlife

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral
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Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

1
night
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cahuita National Park. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Limon travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to Puerto Limon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Puerto Limon can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Manuel Antonio Park Tour. On the 6th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, get the lay of the land with Manuel Antonio Park Tour, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Limon to Manuel Antonio by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Puerto Limon in December; daily highs in Manuel Antonio reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Efrain's Nature Tours ©
Efrain's Nature Tours
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Conservatory and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and River Rafting & Tubing. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online vacation planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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