8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
5
Jaco
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 20th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Des Moines, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Theme Parks · Spas

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Bogarin Trail and then trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side 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.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela and then see some colorful creatures with Snorkel Adventure CR.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Uvita

— 1 night
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 24th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Ultralight Tour, then head outdoors with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 25th (Thu), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours

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.