9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and Monkey Park. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, see Off-Road Tours, and stop by Souvenir Guanacaste.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip site .

Vancouver, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Spas
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 24th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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 25th (Wed): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. On the next day, ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery.

Plan my trip to Santa Teresa with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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