9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night

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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.
For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planning tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tobías Bolaños International Airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport and Limon International Airport. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Carmen and Isla de Cabuya. Get outdoors at Costa Rican Tropical Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Santa Teresa with an excursion to Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia in Montezuma--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and get outside with Taboo Beach Club.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Teresa online tour planner.

Getting from San Jose to Santa Teresa by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas and then kick back and relax at La Playita. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Uvita

— 1 night
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 11th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with Ballena Aventura and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planning app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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San Jose

— 1 night
Discover how to plan a San Jose trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.