8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  11​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
New York City

2
days
Monteverde

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.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner .

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Zipline
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

2
days
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.
On the 17th (Thu), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio holiday website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally steep yourself in history at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in San Jose, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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