9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
San Jose
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
Cartago
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Limon
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Liberia

1
night
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 13th (Mon): wander the streets of Multiplaza, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co., and then stop by Chieton Moren.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose journey site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Jose. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in San Jose

#Shopping, #Breweries, #Neighborhoods

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Multiplaza
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Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.

3
nights
Cartago

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Marta. Head to Dantica Gallery and House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonadorfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Pejibaye River (in Turrialba), El Copal Reserve (in Pejibaye) and Finca Sermide Agroturismo (in Orosi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and hunt for treasures at Cartago Central Market.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cartago trip planner .

Drive from San Jose to Cartago in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Cartago, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Cartago

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Turrialba, House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador, Dantica Gallery, El Copal Reserve, Finca Sermide Agroturismo
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1
night
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, look for gifts at Mercado Municipal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Limon journey app .

You can drive from Cartago to Puerto Limon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cartago in November, expect Puerto Limon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Shopping
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Mercado Municipal ©
Mercado Municipal
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Limon to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Museums
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2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Santa Rosa National Park. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs and then contemplate the geological forces at Miravalles Volcano.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste road trip planning app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3.5 hours. In November in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will leave for home on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Santa Rosa National Park, Rio Negro Hot Springs
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Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs
Santa Rosa National Park ©
Santa Rosa National Park

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