9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly + taxi:  22​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly + bus:  14​h
New York City

1
day
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio
A tour of Manuel Antonio National Park reveals one of Costa Rica's most impressive areas in terms of natural beauty and biodiversity.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio National Park vacation builder.

New York City, USA to Manuel Antonio National Park is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Manuel Antonio National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

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2
days
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 29th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Jose vacation builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio National Park to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September in San Jose, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

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Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu
Galeria Namu

2
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
The small city of La Fortuna de San Carlos is best known for the nearby Arenal volcano that looms in the background and dominates the vista.
On the 1st (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On your second day here, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then look for gifts at Souvenir Leo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

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Parks Spas Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
days
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
If you're a nature lover, consider a vacation in Monteverde, an eco-tourism heaven nestled between two primary cloud forests in the Costa Rican Central Highlands.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde sightseeing planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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