9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+3
train + Fly + bus + shuttle:  18​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Brussels

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.
Get outdoors at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Hot Springs and Ecocentro Danaus. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), get outside with Salto, Head underground at Venado Caves, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool .

Brussels, Belgium to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

2
nights
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 5th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
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Zipline
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense

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.
On the 8th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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