9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly

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Jaco

— 1 night
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 28th (Mon), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco holiday builder.

Charlotte, USA to Jaco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charlotte to Jaco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

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 30th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and then stop by Sr. y Sra Ese Souvenir Store.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Jose road trip app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side 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.