8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Drive to Ålesund Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Ålesund Airport, Drive to Molde

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, get outside with El Salto, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Molde, Norway to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 25-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Molde to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 1 day
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 Raindrop Spa. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Raindrop Spa, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 21st (Wed), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Vara Blanca using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks
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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.