8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Monteverde
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly

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Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 28th (Tue), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, stroll through Ecological Sanctuary, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Boston to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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 30th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Adventure

San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, then see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in San Jose, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.