Unveiling Paradise: A 7-Day Itinerary for Exploring Costa Rica's Natural Wonders
Nestled in Central America, Costa Rica is a land of awe-inspiring natural beauty, lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and diverse wildlife. Planning a trip to this tropical paradise? Get ready to immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, experience thrilling adventures, and unwind in the lap of nature. In this blog post, we present a carefully crafted 7-day itinerary that will take you on an unforgettable journey through the best Costa Rica has to offer.
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Where to stay
Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection
This serene casita resort features bird-song-filled acres of untamed tropical forest, a coffee farm, equine stables, organic chef’s gardens and a wellbeing center.
$100 hotel credit.
Extended check-in/out whenever possible.
The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa
Along Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, a family-friendly all-inclusive on 2,400 acres between the beach and lush forest.
A true rainforest escape, this all-villa retreat has knockout views of Arenal Volcano, a pampering spa with volcanic treatments and bonus adults-only policy.
$100 food / beverage credit.
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Day 1: Arrival in San Jose and Arenal Volcano
Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica's capital, take a scenic drive to La Fortuna, the gateway to the majestic Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a relaxing evening at the natural hot springs near the volcano and unwind in therapeutic mineral waters while soaking in the spectacular views.
Day 2: Canopy Tour and Hanging Bridges
Start your day with a thrilling zip-lining adventure through the rainforest canopy. Experience the exhilaration of gliding amidst the treetops and marvel at the lush greenery below. In the afternoon, embark on a guided hike across the hanging bridges, where you can spot fascinating wildlife and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.
Day 3: Manuel Antonio National Park
Renowned for its pristine beaches, dense rainforests, and abundant wildlife. Explore the park's trails, keeping an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and colorful birds. Relax on the white sandy beaches or take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters, surrounded by tropical beauty.
Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Head to the misty cloud forests of Monteverde, where you'll encounter a unique ecosystem brimming with biodiversity. Take a guided tour through the reserve, walking along suspended bridges that provide an up-close view of the forest canopy. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of hummingbirds at the renowned hummingbird garden.
Day 5: Tamarindo Beach and Surfing
Travel to the vibrant beach town of Tamarindo, a paradise for surf enthusiasts. Sign up for a surf lesson or rent a board to catch the perfect wave. Spend the day riding the swells, basking in the sun, and indulging in delicious seafood at beachside cafes. Tamarindo's lively nightlife offers a perfect opportunity to unwind and mingle with fellow travelers.
Day 6: Journey to Tortuguero National Park
Often referred to as the "Amazon of Costa Rica." Navigate through the park's winding canals, teeming with exotic wildlife and lush vegetation. Keep an eye out for turtles nesting on the pristine beaches (seasonal). Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity and appreciate the park's commitment to conservation.
Day 7: San Jose City Exploration
Return to San Jose and spend your final day exploring the vibrant capital city. Visit the historic landmarks, such as the National Theater and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Take a stroll through the lively Mercado Central, where you can savor local delicacies and purchase souvenirs to commemorate your journey.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Sarah Keim's guide, Packing Luxury and Adventure Into a 4 Day Costa Rica Itinerary.
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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Costa Rica.