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
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
End: San Jose

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, then identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Wild Hikes and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Middle Earth Thermal Springs.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planning site .

San Jose to Monteverde is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Middle Earth Thermal Springs
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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes
Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mulguri Adventure and El O'scars Galleria. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playas Gemelas. There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Mulguri Adventure ©
Mulguri Adventure
River Rafting & Tubing

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