8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Ottawa
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  12​h
Ottawa

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.
To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning app .

Ottawa, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in February; daily highs in Manuel Antonio reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
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Playa Biesanz

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
day
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca online tour planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Vara Blanca, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

1
day
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vara Blanca in February; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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