9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+4
bus + shuttle + Fly + foot + train:  11​h
End: Denver

1
night
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bejuco.

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Denver, USA to Jaco is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Jaco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Bejuco
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Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

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 9th (Fri), delve into the lush surroundings at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in November, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stop by Papaya Con Leche and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then choose your vessel at Costa Rica Sailing Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip maker website .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Costa Rica Sailing Center, Playa Conchal, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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