8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  11​h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 10th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
On the 11th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, then view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

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Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

1
night
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 13th (Tue): walk around Parque Nahomi, look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

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 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices ©
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
night
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 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

Make your Jaco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Ruins of the Church of Carthage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, then contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras, and finally take a stroll through Multiplaza.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cartago, Multiplaza, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion
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