8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly + bus + shuttle:  13​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
days
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.
On the 26th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Leo.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey app .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from San Juan to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
days
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 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Keep things going the next day: stroll through MidWorld Costa Rica.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

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. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Turrialba.

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

1
day
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba in 4.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to San Jose.

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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

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 1st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally look for gifts at Chieton Moren.

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Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©

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