8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 1 night

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

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Chicago, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
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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 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road 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 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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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 10th (Thu), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde journey planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Must see
Zipline
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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