8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip maker.

Orlando, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Traveling from Orlando to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time 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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Piedras Blancas National Park. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golfito National Wildlife Refuge and then take in the waterfront activity at Golfito Marina Village & Resort.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Golfito trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Golfito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time 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 29th (Tue), make a trip to Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Duran, 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 ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cartago tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Golfito to Cartago takes 5 hours. In June in Cartago, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time 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, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Cartago to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. On the 29th (Tue), 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 30th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.