8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to New York City

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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally browse the exhibits of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, then look for all kinds of wild species at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva. On the next day, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.