8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Santa Teresa
— 1 day
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Maho, St. Maarten-St. Martin

1
day
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

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Melbourne, Australia to Santa Teresa is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central Standard Time is minus 16 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Uvita sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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 10th (Fri): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

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Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Sat), trek along Ecocentro Danaus, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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