9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
3
Cartago
— 1 night
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder.

Hamilton, Bermuda to Tamarindo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hamilton in December; daily highs in Tamarindo reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and finally look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cartago.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

1
night
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. On the 30th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins, contemplate the long history of Ruins of the Church of Carthage, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, thenadmire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Cartago road trip site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Cartago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Monteverde in December, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Cartago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cartago

Historic Sites Parks
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Ruins of the Church of Carthage ©
Ruins of the Church of Carthage
Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora ©
Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, thenlook for gifts at Choco, and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cartago to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
night
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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