8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
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Quepos
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive

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Quepos

— 1 night
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Quepos trip planner.

San Jose to Quepos is an approximately 3-hour bus ride. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 22nd (Sun), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Quepos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 23rd (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and stroll through Bogarin Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.