7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Francisco
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  14​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Playa Conchal
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
San Francisco

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 17th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app .

San Francisco, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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 19th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vara Blanca.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

few
hours
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca online road trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Vara Blanca can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Playa Conchal.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

1
day
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
On the 21st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Conchal trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Playa Conchal takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In March, Playa Conchal is somewhat warmer than Vara Blanca - with highs of 94°F and lows of 71°F. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

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Tamarindo
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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