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
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 74°F at night. You will leave for Vara Blanca on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

few
hours
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tamarindo in July: high temperatures in Vara Blanca hover around 82°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then get a dose of the wild on MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

3
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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