6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  10​h
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
Newark

few
hours
Jaco

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.
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Newark, USA to Jaco is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Jaco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Shopping

Side Trip

Dantica Gallery
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1
day
Manuel Antonio

A tour of Manuel Antonio National Park reveals one of Costa Rica's most impressive areas in terms of natural beauty and biodiversity.
On the 27th (Fri), look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio

1
day
San Jose

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.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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Precolumbian Gold Museum
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu

2
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos

The small city of La Fortuna de San Carlos is best known for the nearby Arenal volcano that looms in the background and dominates the vista.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. On the 31st (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall

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