9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Dolores Shop. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect nights in Tamarindo to be much hotter, around 82°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Ecotermales Fortuna. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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