7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route maker

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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 day
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 day
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.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then get outside with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park online attractions planner.

San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Fly from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, look for all kinds of wild species at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

Plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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.