9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner
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San Jose
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
San Jose
— 1 night


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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Avenida Escazu as well as Poas Volcano. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), then stroll around Parque de la Merced Park, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano and then browse the different shops at Avenida Escazu.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip website.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in February, expect San Jose to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
You've now added Nature & Wildlife Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
La Fortuna Waterfall has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for San Jose on the 6th (Sun).
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Adventure

San Jose — 1 night

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose trip planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 7th (Mon).
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

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.