8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo day trip planner .

Boston, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Tamarindo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and then look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planning app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue

1
night
Jaco

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.
On the 11th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

Plan a Jaco trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Adventure Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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