7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
On the 25th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

2
nights
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 26th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Jose day trip tool .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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