6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Newark

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San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
Visit Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) for their historical value. Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and view the masterpieces at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning app.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to San Jose due to the time zone difference. In July, San Jose is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then explore the galleries of The Captain's Booty, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio, then browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and finally learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

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.