8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 day
Fly

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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.
You've added Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, Ecotermales Fortuna, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

1
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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.
You've now added Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

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Jaco

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Get outdoors at Palo Seco Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jaco: Playa Linda (in Playa Matapalo) and Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este). There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and get great views at Mirador de Jaco.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Jaco online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

1
day
San Jose

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 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping

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.