9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  9​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Newark

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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Newark, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. March in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Poas Volcano National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 94°F and lows about 71°F. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
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Diamante Boutique ©
Diamante Boutique

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