9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip builder

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Jaco
— 1 day
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Jaco

— 1 day
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 17th (Sat), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Jaco travel route planner.

New York City, USA to Jaco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 18th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
On the 25th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in July; daily highs in San Jose reach 80°F and lows reach 67°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
Highlights from your trip

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.