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
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 30th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website .

New York City, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, and then take in the exciting artwork at Wood and Art Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can 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
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
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 4th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Hermosa, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco vacation builder app .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

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