8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Juan, Puerto Rico
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
day
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, admire the natural beauty at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jaco tour itinerary planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Jaco is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Jaco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Tarcoles
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls ©
Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls

1
day
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 3rd (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip builder app .

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Playa Biesanz ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), get outside with Salto, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

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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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip maker app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Spas, #Shopping
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Pura Aventura ©
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