7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Bus:  1 h 15 min
End: San Jose

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hours
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 learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary app.

San Jose to Tortuguero is an approximately 3- hour combination of bus and taxi. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tortuguero, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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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): pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

Planning Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita

1
day
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. On the 14th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Hermosa vacation builder website.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Playa Hermosa in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on 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): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, then browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Playa Hermosa to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio journey builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the bus back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure 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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