9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  12​h
1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Los Angeles

3
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 21st (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainmaker Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio vacation builder .

Los Angeles, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in April, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 82°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Zipline, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita road trip planning app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Venado Caves and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get in touch with nature at Butterfly Conservatory and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, and hike along Ecocentro Danaus.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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