8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: Chicago

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.
On the 4th (Sun), stroll through Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker site .

Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in March, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 80°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 5th (Mon), get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Poas Volcano National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

4
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, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

1
night
Playas del Coco

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 9th (Fri): see Tropical Comfort Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online route planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 71°F. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife Adventure Outdoors
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Tropical Comfort Tours ©
Tropical Comfort Tours

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