8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  11​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playa Samara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
Playa Conchal
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Spend the 17th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner.

Los Angeles, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

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)

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife
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few
hours
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara holiday planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

2
nights
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
On the 20th (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Playa Conchal day trip planning site .

Drive from Playa Samara to Playa Conchal in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Playa Conchal, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 73°F at night. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Tamarindo
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Spas & Wellness

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