7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
Pure Trek Canyoning has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning app.

San Francisco, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from San Francisco to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde tour planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planning website.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.