8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  14​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  14​h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website .

San Francisco, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 28th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Make your Tortuguero itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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.
On the 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning tool .

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online tour planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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