8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Minneapolis



— 3 nights
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 Urban Eclectic Jewelry. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and look for gifts at Secret Spot VIP Tours.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo tour 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


— 2 nights
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 · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin and then identify plant and animal life at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. 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 · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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.