8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Boston

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Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 16th (Sun), get impressive views of Poas Volcano, get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park sightseeing website.

Boston, USA to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Poas Volcano National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero journey planner.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. August in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

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, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos route website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.