8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 1 day
Drive
2
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Ferry
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
5
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo

— 1 day
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 16th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour.

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Philadelphia, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 19th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take an exotic tour of Safari Adventures.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and then stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online vacation planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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.