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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, Ecotermales Fortuna, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monteverde tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

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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.
Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Palo Seco Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Playa Bejuco. Go for a jaunt from Jaco to Playa Matapalo to see Playa Linda about 3h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, make a trip to Mirador de Jaco, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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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, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Jose travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Jaco to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time 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.