8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly + Drive:  20 h
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Albuquerque

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hacienda Baru and Spas & Wellness. We've included these beaches for you: Uvita Beach and Playa Biesanz. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio vacation trip planner.

Albuquerque, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albuquerque to Manuel Antonio. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Albuquerque in May since evenings lows in Manuel Antonio dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hacienda Baru Lodge, Uvita Beach
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru Lodge ©
Hacienda Baru Lodge

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Jose custom trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. May in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 24th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stop by Lydia Beech Art. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo sightseeing planner.

You can fly from San Jose to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in May, expect nights in Tamarindo to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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