8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Wilkes-Barre

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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 7th (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour and then wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo travel tool.

Wilkes-Barre, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dominical.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Dominical

— 1 night
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dominical road trip site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Dominical in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then get great views at Mirador de Jaco, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jaco visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Dominical to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.