8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Gulf of Papagayo
— Few hours
2
Vara Blanca
— 1 day
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day

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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 see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gulf of Papagayo trip maker website.

Toronto, Canada to Gulf of Papagayo is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Gulf of Papagayo due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for Vara Blanca on the 1st (Mon).

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Gulf of Papagayo to Vara Blanca takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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3
nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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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): take a memorable tour with Tours and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow 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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