9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Ferry
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Chicago

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Tamarindo — 1 night

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip tool.

Chicago, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.
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Santa Teresa — 1 night

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
On the 24th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Adventures.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour planning website.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 1 night

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 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online trip maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 1 night

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 26th (Thu): stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then stroll around Bogarin Trail. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, and then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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