8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing as well as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. On the 5th (Sat), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co., and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Jose travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Puerto Rico, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In May in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Adventure

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pure Trek Canyoning as well as Ecoterra Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): catch all the local highlights with Ecoterra Costa Rica. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Pure Trek Canyoning and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Monteverde on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Spas

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Santa Elena Skywalk, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Horse Trek Monteverde. On the 8th (Tue), see Horse Trek Monteverde. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Skydive Costa Rica, Playa Biesanz and El Santuario Canopy Adventure Tour. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at El Santuario Canopy Adventure Tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Costa Rica and then see MidWorld Costa Rica.

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Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

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.