7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + bus + Fly + foot + train:  13​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose tour planning app .

Philadelphia, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, things will get somewhat warmer in San Jose: highs are around 82°F and lows about 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip builder site .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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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.
On the 4th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde journey app .

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

Things to do in Monteverde

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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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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 5th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then shop like a local with Galeria Estudio, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip app .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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