9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Charleston
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  12​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Charleston

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Take a break from the city and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Venado Caves. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, and shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder website .

Charleston, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hacienda Baru and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Relax by the water at Uvita Beach and Playa Biesanz. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder app .

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. May in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Dominical, Uvita Beach, Meli Melo Boutique
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

2
nights
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 10th (Thu): look for gifts at Chieton Moren, steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

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Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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