8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly + Shuttle:  10 h 45 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Liberia
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Toronto

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour planner.

Toronto, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. On the next day, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then look for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose day trip website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chocolatería Sibú, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online route planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya and then get active on the water at Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours.

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Traveling by bus from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trip

Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours
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Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

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