8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
San Jose
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Monkey Park, and then stop by Papaya Con Leche.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip builder.

Edmonton, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Tamarindo is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche
Monkey Park ©
Monkey Park

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Ecotermales Fortuna. Do your shopping at Galeria Aguas Verdes and Onirica Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Manuel Antonio

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.
On the 21st (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio route maker site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
San Jose

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then look for gifts at Biesanz Woodworks, and then wander the streets of Multiplaza.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Jose road trip planning app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trip

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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Biesanz Woodworks ©
Biesanz Woodworks

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