8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Destin-Ft Walton Beach Airport

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

Valparaiso, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca route maker website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.