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 + bus + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Quepos
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
3
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder .

New York City, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from New York City to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quepos.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Quepos trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quepos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Quepos can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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Kids Saving the Rain Forest ©
Kids Saving the Rain Forest
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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 25th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then shop like a local with Galeria Namu.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Quepos to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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