8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Miami
tram + Fly:  6​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Miami

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally look for gifts at Chieton Moren.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour itinerary planner .

Miami, USA to San Jose is an approximately 6-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Miami to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) 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

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 6th (Tue), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Super Joseth. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in March, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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