8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Kansas City
Fly:  10​h 45​min
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Kansas City

1
day
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Playa Hermosa trip planner.

Kansas City, USA to Playa Hermosa is an approximately 11-hour flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Kansas City in April, with highs in Playa Hermosa at 95°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

2
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.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Hermosa to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 20th (Fri), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

1
day
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 21st (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo road trip site .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in April, and nighttime lows around 73°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Spas, #Shopping
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Spas & Wellness
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

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