7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Raleigh/Durham

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online sightseeing planner.

Durham, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Durham to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

1
night
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online sightseeing planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

2
nights
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 9th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

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.