8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: Boston

2
nights
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 13th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner .

Boston, USA to San Jose is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Boston to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, San Jose is much hotter than Boston - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Shopping, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)

3
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.
Head to Souvenir Leo and Art Housefor some retail therapy. Kids will appreciate attractions like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Ecological Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Art House, Ecological Sanctuary, Canopy San Luis
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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 18th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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