8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to El Dorado International Airport

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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 12th (Mon): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bogota to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monteverde vacation planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
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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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker website.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip builder website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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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 19th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
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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.