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

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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.
To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from Chicago in April, things will get much warmer in Manuel Antonio: highs are around 82°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning site .

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. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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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)

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Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turrialba trip maker tool .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Turrialba in 4.5 hours. In April in Turrialba, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

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

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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 14th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Turrialba to San Jose in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in San Jose are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

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Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
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National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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