5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Newark

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning tool.

Newark, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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 (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Jaco

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors

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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.