9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Charleston
Fly:  8​h 30​min
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Playa Flamingo
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h
San Jose
— Few hours
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Charleston

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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.
To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner .

Charleston, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Charleston in April, with highs in San Jose at 82°F and lows at 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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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.
For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel planner .

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa online journey planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daytime highs in Playa Hermosa are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Scuba & Snorkeling

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days
Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo ©
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Conchal and Barra Honda National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Costa Rica Sailing Center and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Go for a jaunt from Playa Flamingo to Santa Cruz to see Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Los Piratas de Flamingo, look for gifts at Bahia Artshop, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Playa Flamingo route site .

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Playa Flamingo in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Playa Flamingo, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trips

Barra Honda National Park, Costa Rica Sailing Center, Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center
Barra Honda National Park ©
Barra Honda National Park

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San Jose

San Jose
To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Jose online trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Playa Flamingo to San Jose in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, San Jose is slightly colder than Playa Flamingo - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. You will leave for home on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

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