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
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde sightseeing planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Monteverde: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 82°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

Plan my day in La Fortuna de San Carlos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read Vara Blanca itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks

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