7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary
7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Bus to San Jose, Fly to Montreal
Sun, Mar 20 - Sat, Mar 26
Tamarindo — 1 day
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.On the 20th (Sun), stop by Azul Profundo Boutique and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo route tool.
Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip maker tool.
Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.
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Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.
Tortuguero — 2 nights
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 25th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.
For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.
Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 26th (Sat), you're off to home.
Highlights from your trip
Costa Rica travel guide
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.