7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  11​h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
4
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip planning website .

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

3
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Salto, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio visit website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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 29th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu and then see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in November, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums
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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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