9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

2
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.
For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online visit 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, expect Manuel Antonio to be warmer, temps between 82°F and 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning website .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

few
hours
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Vara Blanca by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Vara Blanca sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

2
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 14th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo holiday maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vara Blanca in April, with highs in Tamarindo at 95°F and lows at 73°F. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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