8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 11th (Thu), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip maker.

Bridgetown, Barbados to Jaco is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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