8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 1 day
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night

1
day
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 8th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Top Travel Costa Rica, thentake in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Jose travel tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Jose. July in San Jose sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Scenic Drive Tours
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

2
nights
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 (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, thenstop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Monteverde trip simple and quick.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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