7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tijuana
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Jaco
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Tijuana

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

Make your La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Tijuana, Mexico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tijuana to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Manuel Antonio

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.
On the 20th (Fri), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio itinerary website .

You can 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 July, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally look for gifts at Chieton Moren. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Jose online tour builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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1
night
Jaco

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.
For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jaco day trip planning site .

You can drive from San Jose to Jaco in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Jaco

#Shopping
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The Costa Rica Coffee Experience ©
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience

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