8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights

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: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get outside with El Salto, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Phoenix, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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 25th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Tortuguero are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip website.

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 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Los Chorros Waterfalls, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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