8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip website .

Minneapolis, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Minneapolis in April, things will get much hotter in Tamarindo: highs are around 95°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas & Wellness
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

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.
On the 10th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tamarindo in April: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 82°F and lows are around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

1
night
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 13th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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