7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

Make it your trip
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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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.
On the 2nd (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

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 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Spas

Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 7th (Sun), look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo visit planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.