9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Playa Conchal
— 1 day
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Liberia
Fly

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Playa Hermosa

— 2 nights
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Your day by day itinerary now includes Playas del coco as well as Playa Hermosa. On the 7th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then browse the exhibits of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then look for gifts at Lis Umana Beachwear. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then visit Playa Ocotal.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Playa Hermosa trip itinerary website.

Buffalo, USA to Playa Hermosa is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see Off-Road Tours, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo travel route builder tool.

Getting from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for Playa Conchal on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Playa Conchal

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Playa Conchal day trip planning tool.

Playa Conchal is very close to Tamarindo. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, then contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and finally relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation site.

Getting from Playa Conchal to La Fortuna de San Carlos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Liberia

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Liberia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.