7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
+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, Florida

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. For shopping fun, head to Galeria Aguas Verdes or Wood & Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. 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 Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 25th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio journey site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus 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
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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.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, 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. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Jose holiday planning website.

Take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can 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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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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