8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Dallas

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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Dallas, USA to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in July: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 80°F and lows are around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing
Food Tours

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 31st (Fri), stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

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Traveling by bus from San Jose to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Ventanas, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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 1st (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Spas
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Walking tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
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 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde online day trip planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Bogarin Trail, then explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, and then soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

1
night
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco vacation planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
River Rafting & Tubing
Cata Chocolate ©
Cata Chocolate

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