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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainmaker Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

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. In April, Manuel Antonio is a bit warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rainmaker Park, Zipline
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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. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For maps and other tourist information, read Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venado Caves and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Butterfly Conservatory and Onirica Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for 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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