9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
Chicago

1
day
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 find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online day trip planner .

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. Traveling from Chicago in April, things will get warmer in Manuel Antonio: highs are around 82°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas & Wellness

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take a memorable tour with Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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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)

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 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planning tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to Vara Blanca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo attractions tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vara Blanca in April; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 95°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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