8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip app .

Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in April, expect Tamarindo to be much hotter, temps between 95°F and 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas & Wellness

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Chieton Moren and then contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online tour planner .

Getting from Tamarindo to San Jose by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tamarindo in April; daily highs in San Jose reach 83°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Ruinas de Ujarras ©
Ruinas de Ujarras
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip maker tool .

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Ecocentro Danaus, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary 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. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

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

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