8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 day
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San Jose
— 2 nights

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 16th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Tamarindo Church, then get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, then look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, and finally stop by Papaya Con Leche. On the next day, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, stop by Dolores Shop, stop by GirlFish Tamarindo, look for gifts at Urban Eclectic Jewelry, then stop by Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Book Store, and finally stop by Cheboards.

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Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Montreal in December: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 32°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Shopping · Historic Sites
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Papaya Con Leche
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Gift & Specialty Shop
EK Art Jewelry
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Monteverde

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.
On the 18th (Tue), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

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. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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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.
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Beach
Playa Cocles
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San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 21st (Fri), look for gifts at Va de nuevo, then steep yourself in history at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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