9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Chicago

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.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planning site .

Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in March; daily highs in Manuel Antonio reach 80°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) 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

3
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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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
day
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
On the 6th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Turrialba holiday planning website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Turrialba in 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

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

1
day
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 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Jose driving holiday planning website .

Drive from Turrialba to San Jose in 2 hours. In April in San Jose, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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