8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly + Foot:  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, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

Discover how to plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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 14th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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

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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip builder website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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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