8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation builder

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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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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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San Jose
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 3rd (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app.

Mexico City, Mexico to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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 5th (Mon): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · 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.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and then identify plant and animal life at Top Travel Costa Rica.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in July, things will get slightly colder in San Jose: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.