7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Jose
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose

2
days
Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for gifts at Jagua Arts and Crafts and then head outdoors with Escondido Trex. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then experience rural life at Rancho Raices de Osa, and then stroll through Osa Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Jimenez road trip planning tool .

San Jose to Puerto Jimenez is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in November, with highs in Puerto Jimenez at 35°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

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Rancho Raices de Osa ©
Rancho Raices de Osa
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Jagua Arts and Crafts ©
Jagua Arts and Crafts

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Jimenez to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Jimenez to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Puerto Jimenez in December, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

2
days
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 4th (Mon): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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