8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Fly

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night
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 9th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary maker website.

Tampa, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Traveling from Tampa to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, and ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

1
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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.
On the 15th (Sat), stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom and then cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose road trip planner.

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 79°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.