8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
— 1 night
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
— 2 nights



— 1 night
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 7th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 8th (Wed), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours


— 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 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

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.