8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
San Jose
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Dammam


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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Dammam to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

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Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Scenic Drive · Outdoors


— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Fly from San Jose to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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.