8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Jaco
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 1 night

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach. On the next day, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, then stroll through Monkey Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Tamarindo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

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Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
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Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
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 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
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Jaco

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 18th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip maker site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

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San Jose

San Jose ©
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 19th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose visit planner.

You can drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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