7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
3
Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive
4
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the galleries of Galeria Namu. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then take in the architecture and design of Universidad de Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose journey maker app.

Denver, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to San Jose is 1 hour. When traveling from Denver in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Jose, with highs around 82°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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 30th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday site.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cano Negro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

Cano Negro

— 1 night
On the 31st (Tue), stroll through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cano Negro trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:
Highlights from your trip

Playa Hermosa

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then browse the exhibits of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Playa Hermosa road trip planner.

Drive from Cano Negro to Playa Hermosa in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Parks · Spas · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stop by Papaya Con Leche and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.

Province of Guanacaste travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing · Scuba & Snorkeling