8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Vara Blanca
— 1 day
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night

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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
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 1st (Mon): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca day trip app.

San Jose to Vara Blanca is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

3
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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 8th (Mon), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

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