9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + shuttle:  12​h
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nosara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
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.
On the 14th (Sat), look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and finally stroll through The Bat Jungle. On the next day, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip site .

Chicago, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

1
night
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco road trip planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

1
night
Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then look for gifts at Nativa Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nosara, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Nosara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Nosara sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Spas, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Spas & Wellness
Nativa Gallery ©
Nativa Gallery
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 19th (Thu), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, stop by Buena Nena, look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, look for gifts at Urban Eclectic Jewelry, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally stop by EK Art Jewelry.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Lydia Beech Art ©
Lydia Beech Art
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche
Urban Eclectic Jewelry ©
Urban Eclectic Jewelry

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