9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Austin
Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Austin

1
day
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 3rd (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner .

Austin, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Austin in June; daily highs in Manuel Antonio reach 80°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Butterfly Conservatory. Escape the urban bustle at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Paradise Hot Springs. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, trek along Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and get outside with Canopy San Luis.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
days
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 7th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Potrero Beach and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Potrero Beach
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving

1
day
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 9th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 74°F at night. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Spas & Wellness
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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