9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Newark

1
day
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo online trip builder .

Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Newark in March, with highs in Tamarindo at 94°F and lows at 71°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

1
day
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): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

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2
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.
On the 1st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour planning website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in April, and nighttime lows around 67°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

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

3
days
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner .

You can 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. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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