8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Philadelphia, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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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.
On the 6th (Thu), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Karmen'Massage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 1 night

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 (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for gifts at Sea Star Souvenir.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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