9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Puerto Limon
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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 11th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Jose itinerary planner .

Philadelphia, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in July; daily highs in San Jose reach 80°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Osa Wildlife Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, look for gifts at Jagua Arts and Crafts and then stroll through Playa Preciosa.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Jimenez online tour itinerary builder .

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero vacation app .

You can drive from Puerto Jimenez to Tortuguero in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Veragua Rainforest Park, kick back and relax at Playa Bonita, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Limon trip builder app .

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Limon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

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