8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Liberia
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
3
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
End: Liberia

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 21st (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): trek along Ecocentro Danaus and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner .

Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Wild Hikes.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip builder .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of the city life by going to Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Conchal and Cesar Adventure. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to San Juanillo Beach in San Juanillo--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Papaya Con Leche, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cesar Adventure, Playa Conchal, San Juanillo Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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