Costa Rica 7-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 36 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Costa Rica.

Travelers with a week to spend in Costa Rica can experience 2 or 3 regions without rushing. For a mix of inland adventures and beach time, take a road trip from Arenal Volcano or the cloud forest ecosystem of Monteverde to Manuel Antonio or the Nicoya Peninsula. Want more time by the water? Catch a flight to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast and transfer by car to Puerto Viejo in the south—you'll enjoy diverse scenery without ever leaving the ocean. Keep in mind that San José provides easy access to the majority of the country, but if you're headed to the beaches of Guanacaste, flying into Liberia is more convenient.

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Map of Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches
Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches

With a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences in the world, all conveniently packed into one country. Almost a quarter of the land is preserved within national parks, allowing a wide range of animals and plants to flourish, making Costa Rica an ideal destination for ecotourism. With this itinerary, you'll discover the best attractions Costa Rica has to offer in just a week.

Monteverde Cloud Forest
Map of Classic Costa Rica: 7-Day Self-Drive Tour
Classic Costa Rica: 7-Day Self-Drive Tour

Taking a road trip through Costa Rica gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore where you want. You'll pass through stunning natural scenery — from lush cloud forests to picturesque beaches — in seven days of scenic driving. This tour can be extended or shortened depending on how much time you have.

Snorkel with the family along Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast
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Family Fun on the Caribbean Side - 7 Days

With your kids in tow, get out and explore Costa Rica's capital city before making your way through the lush lowlands toward the Caribbean Coast in this adventure tour. From nature treks to river rafting to pristine beaches, this week-long itinerary is created for families who want to experience Costa Rica's splendid scenery, wildlife, and distinctly laid-back culture.

Surfing in Tamarindo
Map of Costa Rica Pacific Coast Road Trip - 7 Days
Costa Rica Pacific Coast Road Trip - 7 Days

This 7-day itinerary is perfect for travelers who want a comprehensive beach holiday. You'll arrive in Liberia, the hub of Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province. From the airport, head south to Playa Sámara, a coastal village on the Nicoya Peninsula. Then, make the drive back north to the popular surf town of Tamarindo, where you'll spend your days riding the waves and taking part in nature excursions—you might even get to see nesting sea turtles, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Map of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast: Tortuguero & Puerto Viejo - 7 Days
Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast: Tortuguero & Puerto Viejo - 7 Days

Perfect for travelers looking to hike and observe wildlife, this itinerary starts and ends in San José and includes many of the Caribbean coast's best destinations—including a famous sea turtle nesting site in Tortuguero and Cahuita National Park. Compared to the Pacific Coast, the Caribbean side tends to be less crowded, with more cultural diversity. From nature treks to pristine beaches, this itinerary offers something for everyone who wants to experience splendid scenery with a laid-back feel. 

Beach scene at Manzanillo on the Caribbean coast
Map of San José Highlights & Caribbean Side - 7 Days
San José Highlights & Caribbean Side - 7 Days

Explore Costa Rica's culture from city to Caribbean Sea, starting with its contemporary art scene and ending with soul food and sea turtles. Leaving San José behind, the rain-nourished, undulating landscape of the country's center gives way to Costa Rica's distinct Caribbean coast.

Kayak with the kids in Costa Rica
Map of Volcano & Pacific Beach Family Adventure - 7 Days
Volcano & Pacific Beach Family Adventure - 7 Days

Experience a range of Costa Rica's top natural highlights on this family-oriented 7-day adventure. Beginning in Liberia, you'll explore Rincón de la Vieja National Park, home to a towering volcano of the same name. Next, you'll base yourself in the surf town of Tamarindo, a great jumping-off point for visiting the sun-kissed beaches and unspoiled rainforests of the Nicoya Peninsula. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way, including waterfall hikes, kayak excursions, surf lessons, and whitewater rafting.

Whitewater rafting in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica's Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanoes - 7 Days
Costa Rica's Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanoes - 7 Days

This fun weeklong itinerary highlights Costa Rica's amazing natural scenery through a thrilling series of adventurous activities, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, and more. Starting in the nation's capital, you'll make your way to rivers, jungles, waterfalls, and cone-shaped volcanoes, culminating on the Pacific coast with time to relax on Manuel Antonio's four white-sand beaches—each one accessed by hiking trail.

Surfer in Playa Tamarindo
Map of Arenal and the Nicoya Peninsula - 7 Days
Arenal and the Nicoya Peninsula - 7 Days

Experience the best of Costa Rica's tropical forests and its beaches on this week-long itinerary. You'll explore the rainforest via suspension bridges and zip-line tours while spotting exotic birds, playful monkeys, and other wildlife. Then, it's on to the western Nicoya Peninsula for a few days spent snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing at the beach.

Costa Rican Jaguar
Map of Osa Peninsula: Luxury Getaway and Jungle Adventure - 7 Days
Osa Peninsula: Luxury Getaway and Jungle Adventure - 7 Days

Corcovado National Park, located on Costa Rica's remote Osa Peninsula, is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. It's the perfect spot for jungle exploration, and this six-day itinerary mixes rugged adventure with culture and luxury. It's designed for those who want an off-the-beaten-path nature experience featuring windswept Pacific beaches and trails that meander through virgin rainforest abounding with wildlife.

Interact with parrots at a wildlife rehabilitation center
Map of Family Adventure in Manuel Antonio National Park & La Fortuna- 7 days
Family Adventure in Manuel Antonio National Park & La Fortuna- 7 days

Natural wonders await on this refreshing weeklong journey around Costa Rica. Highlights along the 7-day trip include the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, the awe-inspiring Arenal Volcano and the nearby Hanging Bridges, the pristine Damas Island Estuary, and much more. Mixing wildlife viewing and outdoor adventure, this itinerary captures the essence of the Costa Rican motto — Pura Vida!

Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano
Map of Diverse Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Tamarindo - 7 Days
Diverse Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Tamarindo - 7 Days

Combine lush rainforests and Pacific beaches on this relaxed, weeklong road-trip through Costa Rica. Starting in the vibrant capital of San José, you'll set out for the volcanic landscapes of Arenal, where scenic hikes and natural hot springs beckon. Continue to the rare cloud forests of Monteverde to zip-line through the canopy and discover nocturnal wildlife on an evening jungle tour. End your trip on the coast, where you can surf, snorkel, and relax on the tropical white sands of Tamarindo.

Enjoy a culinary-focused trip in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica Culinary Tour - 7 Days
Costa Rica Culinary Tour - 7 Days

On this seven-day food-themed itinerary you'll explore food stalls at San José's Mercado Central, learn how to make traditional dishes during a hands-on cooking class, participate in chocolate making—one of Costa Rica's most important exports. You'll also experience the country's incredible natural surroundings with jungles, beaches, and plenty of relaxation.

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Map of Hot Springs, Waterfalls, and Luxury Retreats in Costa Rica - 7 Days
Hot Springs, Waterfalls, and Luxury Retreats in Costa Rica - 7 Days

All you need is a week to replenish your body and soul on the trip of a lifetime. The destination is Costa Rica and over seven days you'll enjoy whitewater rafting, waterfall hikes, and luxury accommodations in the best eco-lodges and wellness retreats in the country. You'll even take part in a hands-on course where you learn to prepare artisanal chocolate.

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Map of Costa Rica Exotic Birds and Natural Highlights - 7 Days
Costa Rica Exotic Birds and Natural Highlights - 7 Days

Costa Rica is home to a wildly diverse amount of wildlife, including over 850 species of birds. In a mere week, you'll take to the jungles, rivers, mountains, and coast of this tropical paradise in search of the best vantage points in which to view the most exotic specimens. It's an adventure that not only includes the highlights of Costa Rica's avian population but the highlights of the country itself. 

Sunset off the Pacific Coast
Map of Costa Rica Luxury Beaches & Rainforest Adventures - 7 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Beaches & Rainforest Adventures - 7 Days

Escape to northern Costa Rica for a luxury vacation you'll never forget. You'll pack a lot of adventure into just seven days, and these active excursions include waterfall hikes, nocturnal nature walks, and river safaris. Throughout the trip, you'll travel between the inland rainforests to the sun-kissed beaches of Guanacaste Province—and each night you'll relax in the finest luxury accommodations in the country.

Arenal
Map of Discover Costa Rica: Arenal & Monteverde - 7 Days
Discover Costa Rica: Arenal & Monteverde - 7 Days

Tour two of Costa Rica’s prized gems on this weeklong adventure. Begin in La Fortuna and embark on a floating safari, followed by a cultural experience day covering food, the arts, and education. Next, enjoy the rush of the hanging bridges and hike around Arenal Volcano, visit La Fortuna Waterfall and soak in the local hot springs. Then take a boat over to Monteverde to visit the Cloud Forest Reserve and join a local coffee tour to learn all about the crucial crop. The trip winds down back in San José to enjoy the sights of the capital city.

Rafting on the Pacuare River
Map of Active Week in Costa Rica: Pacuare River Rafting, Arenal, & Monteverde - 7 Days
Active Week in Costa Rica: Pacuare River Rafting, Arenal, & Monteverde - 7 Days

Spend an active week discovering some of the natural highlights of Costa Rica. Explore the capital city, and then launch into an adrenaline-pumping rafting excursion along the Pacuare River. Next, explore Arenal Volcano on a nature walk, followed by a hot spring soak. Then, head to Monteverde to tour the incredible cloud forest on horseback and zipline through the canopy. Enjoy more time strolling historical San José before departure.

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Map of Costa Rica Indigenous Culture & Arenal Tour - 7 Days
Costa Rica Indigenous Culture & Arenal Tour - 7 Days

In just a week you'll be able to experience two different aspects of Costa Rican culture. First, its a trip down an exotic river near the Caribbean coast to visit a traditional indigenous village. Then you'll travel to the famous Arenal Volcano region, where you'll spend a day on a local family farm where you'll milk cows, mill sugar cane, and even sample an exotic cocktail made with local liquor and chocolate.

Rincón de la Vieja
Map of Costa Rica: Rincon de la Vieja to Tamarindo Beach - 7 Days
Costa Rica: Rincon de la Vieja to Tamarindo Beach - 7 Days

Enjoy the best of the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica in just one week. Upon arrival, head to Rincón de la Vieja to explore the national park—which hosts a plethora of volcanic activity—embark on a ziplining adventure over White River Canyon, and enjoy some relaxing downtime in your hotel’s spa and natural hot springs. Next, venture to stunning Tamarindo Beach for some fun in the sun. Go surfing and beach hopping, before boarding an unforgettable sunset catamaran—complete with reef snorkeling.

Manuel Antonio
Map of Explore Costa Rica: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 7 Days
Explore Costa Rica: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 7 Days

With abundant wildlife, a nocturnal nature tour, a visit to the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, and time to relax on the beach, this trip captures the essence of Costa Rica's motto: Pura Vida! Starting in San José, you'll travel first to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you'll encounter Costa Rica's famed biodiversity. Continue on to Manuel Antonio National Park, where the forest meets the sea, for activities including a sunset catamaran cruise.

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Map of Ultimate Birding Road Trip in Costa Rica - 7 Days
Ultimate Birding Road Trip in Costa Rica - 7 Days

In a mere week you can see some of the most exotic birds in the entire world. The destination is Costa Rica, home to over 850 different species. On an active journey through rainforests and over mountains, you'll see many of them, including macaws, toucans, motmots, aracaris, and more.

Arenal Volcano National Park
Map of Wildlife, Jungles, & Volcanoes of Costa Rica - 7 Days
Wildlife, Jungles, & Volcanoes of Costa Rica - 7 Days

This easy week-long itinerary lets you experience some of Costa Rica's finest national parks and natural areas. Spot turtles on the beach at the Tortuguero National Park; hike, swim, canoe or cycle in the Arenal Volcano National Park, with the mighty volcano as your backdrop; learn about one of Costa Rica's most important crops, coffee, at a plantation, and much more. Travelers with a range of interests will enjoy this varied tour, which packs a lot into a week.

Sunset over Arenal Volcano
Map of Active Costa Rica Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, & Playa Hermosa - 7 Days
Active Costa Rica Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, & Playa Hermosa - 7 Days

Embark on an active, weeklong adventure to three different regions of Costa Rica. The journey begins in La Fortuna—home to Arenal Volcano—where you can cross the hanging bridges, discover a beautiful waterfall, and soak in the natural hot springs. Then, head to Montverde to explore the Cloud Forest Reserve, along with an adrenaline-pumping excursion to Sky Adventures Monteverde Park. Next, spend some time lazing on Guanacaste's stunning Playa Hermosa. With some free time, soak up the sun, go kayaking, and board a sunset catamaran, before departing out of Liberia.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury Birding, Horseback Riding, and Wildlife - 7 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Birding, Horseback Riding, and Wildlife - 7 Days

In a mere week, you can enjoy some major highlights of Costa Rica like riding around local farms on horseback, spotting exotic birds on nature walks, and hiking to exotic waterfalls. You'll even travel to the far south and the remote Osa Peninsula, which is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. And every night, you'll stay in the finest hotels and eco-lodges in the country.

Cross the Hanging Bridge in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Map of Costa Rica's Natural Wonders - 7 Days
Costa Rica's Natural Wonders - 7 Days

See Costa Rica's outdoor highlights on this weeklong adventure around the country's volcanoes, hot springs, cloud forests, wildlife habitats, and beaches. After spending a few days exploring Arenal Volcano and its surroundings, you'll move on to Monteverde to sip locally produced coffee and trek through the cloud forest. Then finish the week in Manuel Antonio National Park for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Weeklong Adventure in Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest - 7 Days
Weeklong Adventure in Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest - 7 Days

On this weeklong trip, enjoy two stunning destinations in Costa Rica. From the capital, stop for a rafting trip on the Pacuare River, before reaching La Fortuna. Then, explore Arenal Volcano on a nature hike, along with a soak in the hot springs. Next, take a Jeep-Boat-Jeep to Monteverde to discover the hanging bridges, and go ziplining and horseback riding through the forest canopy. Circle back to San José to explore more of the city before departure.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Luxury Adventure Tour: Rainforests and Rivers - 7 Days
Luxury Adventure Tour: Rainforests and Rivers - 7 Days

In just seven days you can mix equal parts adventure and luxury for one unforgettable Costa Rican vacation. Regarding the adventure, this brisk itinerary includes visits to exotic national parks like Arenal and Corcovado as well as whitewater rafting excursions and river safaris. As a bonus, you'll even take a private guided hike to some of the most secluded and beautiful waterfalls in the country.

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Map of Costa Rica Cycling the Pacific Coast & Rafting the Pacuare River - 7 Days
Costa Rica Cycling the Pacific Coast & Rafting the Pacuare River - 7 Days

In a mere week, you can enjoy one of the most physically demanding yet unforgettably beautiful excursions in the world: an overland journey across Costa Rica. It begins on the Pacific coast with mountain biking and finishes with whitewater rafting over the Pacuare River. In between, you'll experience incredible milestones like crossing over the Continental Divide.

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Map of Costa Rica Cycling Around Arenal & Rafting Adventure - 7 Days
Costa Rica Cycling Around Arenal & Rafting Adventure - 7 Days

On this combined week-long Costa Rica excursion, you'll enjoy adventures in two of its most famous locales: Arenal and the Pacuare River. First up are cycling excursions around the rainforests and lakes near Arenal Volcano, plus hikes to exotic waterfalls. The trip culminates with a rafting trip down the Pacuare, where you'll test your mettle on exciting class II/III rapids.

Beaches of the Osa Peninsula
Map of Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal & the Osa Peninsula - 7 Days
Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal & the Osa Peninsula - 7 Days

Get off the beaten path on this weeklong luxury adventure around Costa Rica's beautiful landscapes. After a day exploring the capital city, you'll travel to the Osa Peninsula for a sunset birdwatching tour around Drake Bay. Explore Corcovado National Park on a guided hike, then look for whales and dolphins in the wild on a boat tour. You'll sleep in luxury hotels throughout the week and finish the trip in the Arenal region with a visit to a sloth habitat and a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Learn to surf in Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Outdoor Family Adventures in Costa Rica - 7 days
Outdoor Family Adventures in Costa Rica - 7 days

Snorkel with tropical fish, hike through the rainforest, and spot sloths hanging from the trees on this exciting week-long trip through the wilderness of Costa Rica. This itinerary leads you through three of the country's most beautiful destinations: Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio National Park, for a variety of outdoor excursions and hands-on activities. This lively adventure is fun for the whole family, featuring boat rides, wildlife viewing hikes, and a chocolate-making workshop.

Cycling on the coast in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica Cycling Adventure - 7 Days
Costa Rica Cycling Adventure - 7 Days

Cycle from coast to coast on this epic adventure tour that will take you from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. See authentic Costa Rica as you bike past villages, farms, banana plantations, and sugar cane fields on your way toward the west coast. Stop to explore jungle rivers, mountains, an active volcano, and a famous coffee-growing region, then celebrate the end of the trip on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Snorkel around the Catalina Islands
Map of Hike, Snorkel & Sail Family Adventure - 7 Days
Hike, Snorkel & Sail Family Adventure - 7 Days

This active weeklong journey around Costa Rica is perfect for families and lovers of the great outdoors! You'll base yourself in Arenal for the first few days, going on nighttime wildlife hikes through the rainforest, balancing high above the trees on the famed Hanging Bridges, spotting sloths in their natural habitat, and soaking in natural hot springs. Continue to the surf town of Tamarindo, your home base, to explore a gorgeous coastal landscape. Snorkel around a coral reef, sail on a catamaran at sunset, and cruise past mangroves on an estuary boat tour—these are just a few of the highlights of this thrilling seven-day trip.

Take in unforgettable sunsets on the Gulf of Papagayo
Map of Family Trip to Volcanoes, Waterfalls & Coral Reefs - 7 Days
Family Trip to Volcanoes, Waterfalls & Coral Reefs - 7 Days

Unforgettable outdoor experiences await on this colorful week-long journey around Costa Rica's beautiful landscapes. Spend the first part of the week exploring Rincón de la Vieja National Park, enjoying rainforest hikes and a dip in hot springs heated by a volcano. Then move on to the pristine Gulf of Papagayo for several days of boating through mangroves and snorkeling around a coral reef with tropical fish, manta rays, and sea turtles. Featuring a sunset catamaran cruise and several waterfall hikes, this family-friendly itinerary takes you to the best of Costa Rica's wilderness.

Spot wildlife on a boat tour
Map of Family Tour of Wetlands & Caribbean Beaches - 7 Days
Family Tour of Wetlands & Caribbean Beaches - 7 Days

Idyllic beaches, quiet canals, jungle trails, and rushing waterfalls await on this outdoorsy seven-day itinerary around Costa Rica. Perfect for families, this action-packed trip takes you to historic San José and a pair of national parks for wildlife viewing, boating, and night hikes led by a naturalist guide. You'll also swim in a waterfall, see how chocolate is made, and learn how jaguars are rehabilitated at an animal rescue center.

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