7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio itinerary planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

3
nights
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, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

1
night
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 7th (Thu): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde route planning app.

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 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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.