8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  14 h 45 min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Bus + Taxi:  2 h
2
Alajuela
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Ballena
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Train:  16 h
End: London

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San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Jose day trip planning website.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15- hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in San Jose

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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Photography Tours

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Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center and then stroll through Termales del Bosque Hot Springs.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Alajuela holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Alajuela takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

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La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center ©
La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center

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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 6th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

La Fortuna de San Carlos is just a short distance from Alajuela. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Ballena.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve ©

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Ballena

Ballena ©
On the 7th (Sun), kick back and relax at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ballena trip website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Ballena in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Ballena

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Side Trip

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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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 8th (Mon), find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ballena to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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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 9th (Tue), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde visit planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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