8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
4
Monteverde
— Few hours
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary site.

Detroit, USA to San Jose is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in December; daily highs in San Jose reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

1
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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 28th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
Highlights from your trip

few
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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.
For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip builder tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

2
nights
San Jose

On the 29th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then squeeze the most out of the city with Carpe Chepe.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Jose day trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Monteverde in December since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nightlife · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

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.