8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Shuttle
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
4
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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1
night
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 29th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday site.

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Tours

1
night
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.
To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planning website.

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. On the 31st (Sun), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

2
nights
Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Guiones and then browse the exhibits of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Pilates Nosara at Bodhi Tree Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nosara trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Nosara in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

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 4th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Secret Spot VIP Tours, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally soothe aching muscles at SER Om Shanti Yoga Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder website.

Drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Theme Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.