8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Drive to Austin Straubel International Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Jaco
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Jaco
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Austin Straubel International Airport, Drive to Appleton

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Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Get in touch with nature at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Playa Bejuco. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Jaco side-trips: Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita) and Playa Linda (in Playa Matapalo). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Mirador de Jaco, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and admire the sheer force of Catarata Bijagual.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco trip itinerary planner.

Appleton, USA to Jaco is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

You can drive from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.