9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Liberia
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: New York City

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.
On the 9th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then admire the sheer force of Mulguri Adventure. On the next day, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner

New York City, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 78°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

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 11th (Sat): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde vacation planner

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and have fun at Perdido Springs.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker site

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Liberia travel itinerary planner

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Liberia are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Liberia

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Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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