8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Liberia
Drive
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Rincon de La Vieja
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
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Liberia

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by Nahua.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia road trip planning website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Tobias Bolanos International Airport. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Liberia

Shopping
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Rincon de La Vieja

Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rincon de La Vieja holiday planner.

Getting from Liberia to Rincon de La Vieja by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
On the 25th (Sun), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then get impressive views of Arenal Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

Drive from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 27th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde road trip site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Playa Flamingo

— 2 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 28th (Wed), tee off at Garra de Leon Golf Course and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, get outside with Arenas Blancas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Playa Flamingo day trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Flamingo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

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. On the 30th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Hermosa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Flamingo to Playa Hermosa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

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.