7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Liberia
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Liberia

2
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip tool .

Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 27th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio route planner .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (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

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 30th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, then stroll through Barrigona Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

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