6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
3
Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
Fly
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the next day, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Phoenix, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 13th (Wed): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Playa Flamingo

— 1 night

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then push the limits with Pininos Adventures.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo vacation planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Flamingo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Playa Flamingo to Poas Volcano National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature
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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.