6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Dallas


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.
Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online itinerary planner.

Dallas, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

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 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Vara Blanca — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Nature · Parks
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Costa Rica travel guide

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.