8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Mexico City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
shuttle + bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
Mexico City

2
days
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.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then look for gifts at Chieton Moren. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Ruins of the Church of Carthage, steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

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Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Jose when traveling from Mexico City in April, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back 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
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