8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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night
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 19th (Sat): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio route planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Butterfly Conservatory. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
night
Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

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 23rd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco driving holiday app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

2
nights
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 24th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.