9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Boston
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
Boston

1
day
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.
For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder site .

Boston, USA to Playas del Coco 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. In July, Playas del Coco is a bit warmer than Boston - with highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

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Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Ecocentro Danaus, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions tool .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
day
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Uvita driving holiday site .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monteverde itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Monteverde

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