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 San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Quepos
— 1 night
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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 3rd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde travel app.

Mexico City, Mexico to Monteverde is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Jaco

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Jaco vacation builder app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Jaco in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Quepos

— 1 night
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 10th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Quepos visit planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Quepos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Quepos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.