8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

You are viewing a shared plan.  Customize plan

Route & dates

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  8​h 45​min
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
Chicago

2
days
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 next day, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose itinerary builder website .

Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, San Jose is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Cocos Island National Park, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in San Jose.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan

2
days
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in Monteverde.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
days
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 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tamarindo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in Tamarindo.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

Similar Plans

11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL March, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA January, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CAYMAN ISLANDS March, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans