8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Dominical
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Toronto

1
day
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo day trip website .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dominical.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Nauyaca Waterfalls and then ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dominical planning website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Dominical takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Uvita
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Dominical to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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