7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
3
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly

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Monteverde

— 1 night
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 14th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde journey builder tool.

Orlando, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 16th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca day trip app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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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.