8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo

— 1 night
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 10th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo tour itinerary planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 1 night

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco visit planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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 13th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then see Off-Road Tours, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route planning site.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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 15th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Jaco

— 2 nights
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 16th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 17th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.