8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
3
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Toronto

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Book Store, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

2
nights
Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco tour itinerary app.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Jaco by combination of bus and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

2
nights
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): take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Monteverde travel route builder app.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.