8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
— 2 nights
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights


Monteverde — 2 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Trapiche Tour and Finca el Rodeo. Get outdoors at Monteverde Nature Guided Tours and Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center, and stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour planning app.

Orlando, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Orlando in December since evenings lows in Monteverde dip to 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Manuel Antonio — 1 night

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 23rd (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 nights

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.
Head to Galeria Aguas Verdes and Onirica Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.