9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: Boston

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monteverde vacation maker tool .

Boston, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
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.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Baldi Hot Springs ©
Baldi Hot Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

few
hours
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vara Blanca can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Nature, #Parks
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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.
On the 10th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vara Blanca in January; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 91°F and lows reach 71°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Diamante Boutique ©
Diamante Boutique

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