4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
San Jose
— 1 night


La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner.

Jacksonville, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Adventure

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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Jose, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Jose are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

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Costa Rica travel guide

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.