8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Minneapolis

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lydia Beech Art Boutique and Playa Avellana. Shop till you drop at Urban Eclectic Jewelry and Secret Spot VIP Tours. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.9

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde journey builder site.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery
4.8

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Rio Chollin ©
Hot Spring
Rio Chollin
4.4
Arenal Volcano
Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

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