8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Minneapolis
Fly:  11​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  10​h
Minneapolis

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary builder website .

Minneapolis, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Eco Zoo. Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Tabacon Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 27th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo travel website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In March in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 71°F at night. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Urban Eclectic Jewelry ©
Urban Eclectic Jewelry

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