8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Los Angeles
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Playa Conchal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
Los Angeles

1
day
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stroll through Playa Conchal.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Conchal trip maker website .

Los Angeles, USA to Playa Conchal is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Playa Conchal. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: high temperatures in Playa Conchal hover around 90°F and lows are around 74°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Conchal to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

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2
days
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 (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip website .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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