7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Portland
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  15​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Portland

1
day
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.
On the 26th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, then stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website .

Portland, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 27th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Cocles and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Chocorart, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca route app .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©

1
day
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.
On the 29th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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 30th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a taste of the local shopping with Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then take in the exciting artwork at Alessandra Cola Art, and finally stop by Cata Chocolate.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco journey planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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