8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  10​h
1
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Boston

1
night
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 14th (Fri), look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

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Boston, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Jose, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Ruinas de Ujarras
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Ruinas de Ujarras ©
Ruinas de Ujarras
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom ©
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom

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.
On the 16th (Sun), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online trip builder .

Take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Galeria Aguas Verdes and Galeria Estudio. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planning website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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