8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
3
Uvita
— 1 night
4
Playa Samara
— 1 night
5
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

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 11.5-hour flight. You can also 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

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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 Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Spas
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas

1
night
Uvita

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, thentour 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

1
night
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, thentrot 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 combination of ferry and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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, thenkick 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. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling

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