8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  16​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
End: Manuel Antonio

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Forest Alive as well as Venado Caves. Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) will get you outdoors. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada--about 1:20 hours away.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation trip planner.

Boston, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Forest Alive
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

3
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've now added Pineapple Tours to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Take a break from Manuel Antonio National Park with a short trip to Hacienda Baru in Dominical, about 54 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio National Park are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Uvita Beach
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Hacienda Baru Lodge ©
Hacienda Baru Lodge
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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