9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly + taxi:  11​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
New York City

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hacienda Baru and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Uvita Beach and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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New York City, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. In March, Manuel Antonio is warmer than New York City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Uvita Beach, Hacienda Baru
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Onirica Art Gallery. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take a memorable tour with Tours, and trek along Ecocentro Danaus.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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.
On the 7th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip maker site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. April in San Jose sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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