8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app .

Phoenix, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 25th (Mon), examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero road trip planning tool .

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. November in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F at night. 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online journey planner .

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 shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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
Kick 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. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park holiday maker website .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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