7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Mexico City

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, trek along Bogarin Trail, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Venado Caves
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos Hot Springs

1
night
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 27th (Tue): kick back and relax at La Playita, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online vacation planner .

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 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
La Playita ©
La Playita
Marina Pez Vela ©
Marina Pez Vela

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then identify plant and animal life at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and finally admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Uvita travel planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica
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Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Spas & Wellness

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.
On the 29th (Thu), experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then explore by horseback at Finca el Rodeo, and finally stop by Foresta.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Monteverde takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

1
night
Playas del Coco

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): stop by Lis Umana Beachwear, then head outdoors with Wild & Fun, then shop like a local with Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Playas del Coco online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Lis Umana Beachwear ©
Lis Umana Beachwear
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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