9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see some colorful creatures with Noa Noa Surfari Sailing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Area de Conservacion Guanacaste day trip planner.

Houston, USA to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Ecotermales Fortuna will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights
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 10th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense and then buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Jose online trip maker.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July in San Jose, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.