9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
5
El Castillo
— 1 night
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
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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.
On the 28th (Tue), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Phoenix, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Phoenix to Manuel Antonio, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita travel route planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to El Castillo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

El Castillo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), then meet the residents at Arenal Eco Zoo, and then stroll through Butterfly Conservatory.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the El Castillo trip itinerary app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 1 night

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip planner.

Drive from El Castillo to Playas del Coco in 3.5 hours. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

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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.