8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
On the 9th (Sun), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde attractions app .

Newark, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature
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