8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
night
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Playas del Coco is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Playas del Coco is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 29th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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 30th (Thu), stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thenadmire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Sat), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Spas
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Spas

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online visit planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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