8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
1
San Jose
— 1 day
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Tokyo Narita

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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.
On the 12th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary site.

Tokyo, Japan to San Jose is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Tokyo to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

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3
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 rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary maker.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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2
nights
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 16th (Tue): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monteverde visit planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.