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
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio route app .

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. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in Manuel Antonio hover around 82°F and lows are around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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)

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park vacation planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Poas Volcano National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo journey maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in April, expect Tamarindo to be a bit warmer, temps between 95°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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