8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Springfield

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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: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Springfield, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary tool.

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. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in September, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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 29th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 30th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

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.