5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary builder

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playas del Coco
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Kansas City

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Playas del Coco

— 1 night

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online journey planner.

Kansas City, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 19th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Adventures.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Manuel Antonio trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jaco attractions planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.