9 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Quepos & San Jose Itinerary

9 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Quepos & San Jose Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
2
Quepos
— 3 nights
3
San Jose
— 2 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Arenal Wilberth Stables. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Hot Springs. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). There's much more to do: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app.

Orlando, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

El Castillo, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Ventanas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Quepos trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quepos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Playa Ventanas, Uvita Waterfall, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Walking tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Quepos to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife Outdoors Museums
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo ©
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos

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