8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Jose
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
End: San Jose

1
night
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.
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.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday site.

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 3- hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; 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
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, 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

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

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or 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
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

2
nights
Nosara

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.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Nosara trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Nosara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle 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
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Pilates Nosara at Bodhi Tree Resort ©
Pilates Nosara at Bodhi Tree Resort

2
nights
Tamarindo

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.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder website.

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

Things to do in Tamarindo

Theme Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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