5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Mexico City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Jaco
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  8​h
Mexico City

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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.
To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Jose online day trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in March, San Jose is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

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Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the next day, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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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 31st (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

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Zipline

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Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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