7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
1
Tortuguero
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Playa Hermosa
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: San Jose

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Tortuguero

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 12th (Sun), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero online day trip planner .

San Jose to Tortuguero is an approximately 3.5-hour shuttle ride. Traveling from San Jose in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tortuguero, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Playa Chiquita, then experience rural life at Chocorart, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning website .

Traveling by shuttle from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Chocorart ©
Chocorart

1
day
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Hermosa holiday planning website .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Playa Hermosa by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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 15th (Wed): hike along Ecocentro Danaus and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, then get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

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You can drive from Playa Hermosa to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can 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
Galeria Estudio ©
Galeria Estudio
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio route builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Parasailing & Paragliding

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