7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Jaco
— 1 day
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle
5
San Jose
— 1 night
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Jaco

— 1 day
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.
On the 24th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jaco attractions planning app.

New York City, USA to Jaco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Spas
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your 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.
On the 26th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monteverde trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Spas

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in November, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums

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.