8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Tamarindo
— 1 day
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
5
San Jose
— 1 night

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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 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary tool.

San Francisco, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. In December, Tamarindo is warmer than San Francisco - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Theme Parks

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Jose.

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

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night
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.
On the 31st (Tue), look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Jose route maker app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom ©
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom

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