5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in March: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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 16th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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