5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Jose
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Cartago
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Punta Arenas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Liberia

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour in harmony with nature at Valle Dorado and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Jose. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Cartago.

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#Breweries, #Scenic Drive, #Tours
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Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.
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Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get outside with Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Marta, then hunt for treasures at Cartago Central Market, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cartago online travel route planner .

Getting from San Jose to Cartago by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Cartago

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas ©
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): head off the coast to Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Puntarenas, and then view the masterpieces at Sarah's Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Punta Arenas online visit planner .

Drive from Cartago to Punta Arenas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Beaches

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Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano, Sarah's Gallery
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Catedral de Puntarenas ©
Catedral de Puntarenas

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning website .

You can drive from Punta Arenas to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste journey planning app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3.5 hours. November in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Golf, #Outdoors
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