6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
2
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bijagua de Upala
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
shuttle:  30​min
6
Playa Conchal
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
End: San Jose

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Doka Estate Coffee Tour. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano and then get the lay of the land with Doka Estate Coffee Tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park travel website .

San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Doka Estate Coffee Tour ©
Doka Estate Coffee Tour

few
hours
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip builder site .

Vara Blanca is just a short distance from Poas Volcano National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ecotermales Fortuna, La Fortuna Waterfall and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and finally take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner .

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bijagua de Upala.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

few
hours
Bijagua de Upala

Bijagua de Upala ©
To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bijagua de Upala road trip website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bijagua de Upala takes 2 hours. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tenorio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tenorio National Park ©
Tenorio National Park

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tamarindo Beach as well as Playa Avellana.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary app .

Drive from Bijagua de Upala to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

few
hours
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
You've now added Playa Conchal to your itinerary.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa Conchal road trip planning tool .

Playa Conchal is just a stone's throw from Tamarindo. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde route builder app .

Getting from Playa Conchal to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
You've now added Manuel Antonio National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

Similar Plans

7 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ISRAEL June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Costa Rica & Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans