8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+4
subway + bus + Fly + bus + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+4
bus + shuttle + Fly + bus + train:  10​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Get outdoors at Proyecto Asis and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site .

Washington DC, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) 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 (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
On the 1st (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
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EK Art Jewelry

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