7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 3rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker.

Washington DC, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 2 nights

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 5th (Thu), stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve. On the next day, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip itinerary site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

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 7th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Adventures, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas and then take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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