8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 1 day
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo

— 1 day
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

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

Atlanta, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 21st (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip planning website.

You can 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 November, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then take an exotic tour of Safari Adventures.

Make your Manuel Antonio itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

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.