8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: San Jose

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary tool .

San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 3.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Ara Manzanillo
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Ara Manzanillo ©
Ara Manzanillo

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel route planner .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Spas
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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1
night
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 5th (Tue): wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take a pleasant ride with Arenal Wilberth Stables, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

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Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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