8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  10​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

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Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Monteverde. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Monteverde hover around 32°C and lows are around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
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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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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 3rd (Fri): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio vacation maker app .

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus 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 4th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and then listen to music at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Jose tour itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In January in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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