8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco day trip tool.

San Francisco, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Chieton Moren, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip builder website.

Getting from Playas del Coco to San Jose by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

2
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.
Family-friendly places like Paradise Hot Springs and Los Lagos Hot Springs will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Rio Chollin. There's more to do: explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.