6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then look for gifts at Souvenir Ocarina.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Liberia trip itinerary app .

Los Angeles, USA to Liberia is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Liberia. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Liberia to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Souvenir Ocarina ©
Souvenir Ocarina

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner .

Traveling by car from Liberia to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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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.
To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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 13th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then stroll through Parque La Sabana. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch and then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose holiday maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
River Rafting & Tubing
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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