6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey maker

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Fly
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San Jose
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Jose
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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 13th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker.

Detroit, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 79°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 14th (Fri): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

San Jose

On the 18th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose attractions planning tool.

Fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
Highlights from your trip

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.