8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder.

San Francisco, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also 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 Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can 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

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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.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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