9 days in Los Angeles & Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Los Angeles, United States
Fly
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Los Angeles, United States
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Los Angeles, United States

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning website.

San Diego to Los Angeles is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to San Jose.
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San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Jose journey website.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Jose takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You'll set off for Manuel Antonio on the 17th (Sat).
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 2 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Costa Rica Tropical Adventures, Playa Manuel Antonio and Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip maker app.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco, Costa Rica — 2 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 2 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.
Plan my La Fortuna de San Carlos trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can drive from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for San Jose.
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then stroll around Parque La Sabana.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose online itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles, United States

City of Angels

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Los Angeles takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Sat).
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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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