9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Montreal
Fly + Drive:  11​h
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
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Montreal

1
day
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.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

1
day
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
On the 11th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Turrialba trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba by car takes about 4.5 hours. June in Turrialba sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): 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 where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. June in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel back 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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