9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Denver
+3
Drive + Fly + bus + shuttle:  14​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
San Jose
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
4
Tambor
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Denver

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, trek along Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder .

Denver, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
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 31st (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

1
day
San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, and then look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose tour itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in San Jose sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tambor.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom ©
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom

1
night
Tambor

Tambor ©
For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tambor day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tambor takes an hour. In January in Tambor, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tambor

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Metal Church
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Metal Church ©
Metal Church

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