8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Bus:  13 h 30 min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  10 h
End: Boston

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Ventanas. Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Uvita Waterfall (in Uvita) and Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Parasailing & Paragliding). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

Boston, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Boston to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Quepos, Uvita, Playa Ventanas
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Senderos Los Tucanes, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Spas

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

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