8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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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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Dominical
— 1 day
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Chubu Centrair International Airport

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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 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary website.

Nagoya, Japan to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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 4th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Dominical

— 1 day
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dominical trip builder app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Dominical in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Playas del Coco

— 1 night

Coco Beach

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 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco travel route planner.

Drive from Dominical to Playas del Coco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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.