9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Antonio
Fly:  5​h
Liberia
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Paquera
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Punta Arenas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Liberia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
San Antonio

few
hours
Liberia

Liberia
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Liberia trip planner

San Antonio, USA to Liberia is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in November; daily highs in Liberia reach 88°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

#Shopping
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1
day
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 9th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then view the masterpieces at Wood and Art Gallery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner

Traveling by car from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. On the 10th (Fri), you're off toManuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

2
days
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 (Fri): stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio sightseeing app

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paquera.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

1
day
Paquera

Paquera ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Curu National Wildlife Refuge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paquera road trip planning site

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Paquera takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Paquera

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Curu National Wildlife Refuge
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Curu National Wildlife Refuge ©
Curu National Wildlife Refuge

1
day
Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas ©
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas travel planning site

Getting from Paquera to Punta Arenas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Liberia.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sarah's Gallery
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Catedral de Puntarenas ©
Catedral de Puntarenas

2
days
Liberia

Liberia ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Art & Gallery, then get outside with Crazy Alex CR, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

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Traveling by bus from Punta Arenas to Liberia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts
Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia

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