8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
night
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.
To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco online trip planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Jaco is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Herradura
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Zipline
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip tool .

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
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 6th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Estudio, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary app .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tamarindo

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 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Tamarindo fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

2
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, shop like a local with Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco travel route planning website .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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River Rafting & Tubing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Spas

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