7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Salvador
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Puerto Limon
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
San Jose
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 day
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  8​h
End: San Salvador

2
nights
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Bonita and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Veragua Rainforest Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Limon online driving holiday planner .

San Salvador, El Salvador to Puerto Limon is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita

1
night
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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Puerto Limon to San Jose by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Limon in December, things will get slightly colder in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. You will leave for Manuel Antonio on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
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 27th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planning website .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

1
day
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 29th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Nature Tours
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

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