8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Charlotte

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Biesanz. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio sightseeing planning website .

Charlotte, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Charlotte in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Manuel Antonio: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the natural beauty of 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, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
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 4th (Wed), push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in April, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas & Wellness
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

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