8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
5
San Jose
— 1 night

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 5th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Adventure Beaches

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

1
night
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 6th (Mon), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary website.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online itinerary 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
night
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 11th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu and then catch a live performance at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Jose tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums
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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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