7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route maker tool .

Phoenix, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Phoenix to Manuel Antonio, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Phoenix in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Manuel Antonio: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 18th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita day trip planning app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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 20th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Venado Caves
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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