8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 day
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights

1
day
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa travel route tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online day trip planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
EK Art Jewelry ©
EK Art Jewelry

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