6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to Jaco
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Jaco

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), stop by Dantica Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planning tool.

Newark, USA to Jaco is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Jaco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Shopping

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

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 27th (Fri): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip tool.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Galeria Namu.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose holiday maker tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in San Jose, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors
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Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
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.