7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

Newark, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Tortuguero — 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero road trip tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Highlights from your trip

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 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip planning site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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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.
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