8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 day
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco holiday planner .

Toronto, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, then identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online tour planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 15th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Playa Ventanas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita itinerary maker app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa Ventanas, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
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 16th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online attractions planner .

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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