4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— Few hours
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Orlando

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San Jose

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 24th (Fri), take a stroll through Multiplaza.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip app .

Orlando, USA to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Orlando in May, plan for slightly colder days in San Jose, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Multiplaza
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

1
night
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

Plan a Tamarindo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

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