8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Gulf of Papagayo
— Few hours
Bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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Gulf of Papagayo

Gulf of Papagayo
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gulf of Papagayo trip itinerary site .

Toronto, Canada to Gulf of Papagayo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Gulf of Papagayo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 1st (Mon), you're off toVara Blanca.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
day
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip planner .

Take a bus from Gulf of Papagayo to Vara Blanca in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site .

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

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
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online day trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
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 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

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