8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive

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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Jaco

— 1 night
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 2nd (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Jaco trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Jaco

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and finally look for gifts at Con Mucho Gusto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Monkey Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker tool.

Getting from Jaco to Tamarindo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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 Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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 5th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Spas · Parks · Shopping

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 6th (Sat), stroll through Playa Cocles and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your 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.