9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 30​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco


1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Theme Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip builder website .

San Francisco, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 1st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainmaker Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Quepos trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and bus from Monteverde to Quepos in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Quepos are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Rainmaker Park
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline
Spas & Wellness

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool .

Getting from Quepos to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Trails
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio and then stroll through Playa Chiquita. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, relax in the rural setting at Finca Tierra, and then identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in April, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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