6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  12​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
3
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 31st (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning tool .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. July in San Jose sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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