8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Fly

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Playa Conchal

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Playa Conchal. On the next day, head outdoors with Arenas Blancas, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then play a few rounds at Garra de Leon Golf Course.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Conchal day trip website.

Atlanta, USA to Playa Conchal is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Playa Conchal. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf

Side Trip

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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker app.

Getting from Playa Conchal to La Fortuna de San Carlos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jaco online holiday planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at ZENfit 506 and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose road trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.