8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 day
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Fly

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day
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 7th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker app.

Panama City, Panama to Monteverde is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, take in nature's colorful creations at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

2
nights
Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Nightlife

Side Trips

1
night
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Shopping

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.