9 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos & Jaco Itinerary

9 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos & Jaco Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  14 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Jaco
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: La Virgen (Kayaking & Canoeing & Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

La Virgen, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Jaco Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Palo Seco Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jaco: Quepos (Off-Road Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). And it doesn't end there: explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Linda, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Jaco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Palo Seco Beach, Playa Manuel Antonio, Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, Playa Linda
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Kayaking & Canoeing
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach

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