8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
2
Golfito
— 1 night
Drive
3
Cartago
— 1 night
Drive
4
Poas Volcano National Park
Drive
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Boston

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Orlando, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Golfito.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

Golfito

— 1 night
The port town of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Piedras Blancas National Park. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Golfito National Wildlife Refuge and then take in the waterfront activity at Golfito Marina Village & Resort.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Golfito holiday tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Golfito in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartago.

Things to do in Golfito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Cartago

— 1 night
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Duran, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cartago road trip planner.

You can drive from Golfito to Cartago in 5 hours. In May in Cartago, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Cartago

Historic Sites · Parks

Poas Volcano National Park

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park visit planner.

Drive from Cartago to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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 3rd (Mon), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.