8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Hot Springs and ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. There's more to do: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey planner.

Chicago, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

1
night
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 15th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

1
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Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Uvita to Playa Samara by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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 18th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

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Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Playas del Coco takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.