5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

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San Jose
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
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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.
To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary maker website.

Washington DC, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington DC to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in April, things will get somewhat warmer in San Jose: highs are around 83°F and lows about 67°F. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ecotermales Fortuna, Baldi Hot Springs, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and other attractions you added. On the 8th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna. On your second day here, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, then stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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San Jose

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.