6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then shop like a local with Galeria Estudio, then shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and finally soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route builder .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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Manuel Antonio

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 19th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder site .

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 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the masterpieces at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Monteverde route planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Tamarindo

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 21st (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Dolores Shop.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip site .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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