9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h
1
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Montreal

1
night
San Jose

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Junquillal and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary maker website .

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in November, things will get warmer in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Junquillal, Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral
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Spas
Universidad de Costa Rica ©
Universidad de Costa Rica

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
You've now added Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica to your itinerary. On the 6th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. On your second day here, look for gifts at Choco, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder .

Montreal, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

1
night
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 9th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, stroll through Playa Carmen, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas

1
night
Tamarindo

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 11th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Spas
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

1
night
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Iguanita and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Hermosa journey maker website .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Hermosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Iguanita
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Iguanita ©
Playa Iguanita

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