9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
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 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder app .

Minneapolis, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in March, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find out how to plan a trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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