8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Traverse City
Fly:  16​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 45​min
Traverse City

2
days
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traverse City, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Traverse City to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uvita.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Uvita Waterfall. Kids will appreciate attractions like Hacienda Baru and Uvita Beach. There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, shop like a local with Magic Ananda, and look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

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Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Hacienda Baru
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

1
day
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.
On the 28th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip app .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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