8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Drive:  14 h 15 min
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Vancouver

1
day
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 20th (Sun), stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary builder tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Vara Blanca is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero day trip planning app.

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 September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel tool.

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 (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Spas
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas

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