7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
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Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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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 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary builder app.

Newark, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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 26th (Thu): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

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 27th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and then soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks
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.