5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  9​h
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Cartago
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Escazu
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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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 4th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from San Juan in September, things will get little chillier in San Jose: highs are around 81°F and lows about 65°F. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cartago.

Things to do in San Jose

Scenic Drive Wildlife Tours
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica

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Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Irazu Volcano National Park. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartago online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from San Jose to Cartago by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Cartago, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Cartago

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Irazu Volcano National Park
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Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas Gemelas, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip website .

Traveling by car from Cartago to Manuel Antonio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, and then head outdoors with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
On the 7th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Escazu.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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Escazu

Escazu
Escazú, officially San Miguel de Escazú, is the capital city of the canton of Escazú in the province of San José in Costa Rica. Find out how to plan Escazu trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Escazu by car takes about 3 hours. In September in Escazu, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Escazu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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