9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lethbridge
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Lethbridge

3
nights
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 21st (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Reno's International Mini Golf & Amusement Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos custom trip planner.

Lethbridge, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 23-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
day
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In March in Vara Blanca, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
On the 24th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Teresa vacation builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Santa Teresa in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara vacation planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

Similar Plans

12 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BELGIUM April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans