8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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 2nd (Sun): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco road trip planning website .

New York City, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Playas del Coco is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour app .

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jaco online tour planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Jaco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Herradura
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Zipline
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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.
To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Jose itinerary site .

Getting from Jaco to San Jose by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Childrens Museums Museums
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Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle ©

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