5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Newark

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder.

Newark, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in Manuel Antonio hover around 78°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Spas
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Spas & Wellness

3
days
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
Get some cultural insight at Precolumbian Gold Museum and National Museum (Museo Nacional). Step out of the city life by going to Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Vara Blanca: San Jose (Jade Museum & Galeria Namu).

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca sightseeing planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Vara Blanca sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

San Jose, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum

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