8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
Uvita
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
New York City

1
day
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.
You've now added River Rafting & Tubing to your itinerary. On the 4th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip planner .

New York City, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Playas del Coco: highs are around 90°F and lows about 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

1
day
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Uvita route builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

2
days
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 8th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then stroll through Playa Carmen, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then admire all the interesting features of Sunrise Ranch.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Sunrise Ranch
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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