9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary builder

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, catch all the local highlights with El Trapiche Tour, experience rural life at Life Monteverde, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, explore the galleries of Sarah's Gallery, then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Monteverde is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Flow Trips and Arenal Eco Zoo. Family-friendly places like Venado Caves and Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo) and Cavernas del Venado (in Alajuela). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online route planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela, then look for all kinds of wild species at Snorkel Adventure CR, and finally kick back and relax at La Playita.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
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 31st (Sat), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · 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.