5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
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Cartago
— 1 day
Drive
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Boruca
— 1 day
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 day
Drive
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 day
Drive

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
You've now added Arenal Rafting to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sat), relax and float downstream with Arenal Rafting, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally learn and have fun at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

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Charlotte, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Charlotte to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cartago.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

Cartago

— 1 day
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. On the 15th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cartago online trip builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cartago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in November, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Boruca.

Things to do in Cartago

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Boruca

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Boruca Gallery GIFT SHOP.

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You can drive from Cartago to Boruca in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Boruca

Shopping

San Jose

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Boruca to San Jose by car takes about 4.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in San Jose are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the history at Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste road trip planning site.

You can drive from San Jose to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
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.