8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
night
Tamarindo

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 12th (Thu), stroll through Tamarindo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online driving holiday planner .

Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Tamarindo is much hotter than Newark - with highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 13th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

3
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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca road trip tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature

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