8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playa Conchal
Playa Conchal
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
San Jose
— 1 night
Poas Volcano National Park
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport


Playa Conchal

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Playa Conchal trip itinerary builder site.

Mexico City, Mexico to Playa Conchal is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip


— 2 nights
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 20th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Conchal to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Manzanillo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure


— 2 nights
On the 22nd (Fri), snap pictures at Sixaola Bridge. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manzanillo and then stroll through Nature Observatorio.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manzanillo trip builder app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manzanillo in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour website.

Traveling by car from Manzanillo to San Jose takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll set off for Poas Volcano National Park on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · 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.
On the 25th (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks
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Costa Rica travel guide

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.