8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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day
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 16th (Sun), admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Monteverde is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
San Luis Waterfall ©
San Luis Waterfall

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 17th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero road trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation maker tool.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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