8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 day
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Jaco
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Charlotte, USA to San Jose is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charlotte to San Jose. Traveling from Charlotte in June, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Photography Tours

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

Start your trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 8th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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