9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  20​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h
Quepos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
San Gerardo de Dota
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Turrialba
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
Chicago

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San Jose

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.
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Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. On the 6th (Sun), you're off toQuepos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Biesanz and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palo Seco Beach and Playa Espadilla Norte. When in Quepos, make a side trip to see MidWorld Costa Rica in Manuel Antonio National Park, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. There's more to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience and stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Quepos trip itinerary builder.

Fly from San Jose to Quepos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August in Quepos, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Quepos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Palo Seco Beach
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach

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San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Savegre Reserve, then look for gifts at Dantica Gallery, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Gerardo de Dota travel planner.

Traveling by car from Quepos to San Gerardo de Dota takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Savegre Reserve
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Dantica Gallery ©
Dantica Gallery

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Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument and then stop by House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turrialba vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Gerardo de Dota to Turrialba takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turrialba

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

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