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 + Drive:  11​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
New York City

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.
On the 26th (Tue), look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online trip itinerary builder .

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Monteverde. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
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.
Spend the 30th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
day
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 1st (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In December, daytime highs in San Jose are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

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Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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