8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner
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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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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at La Fortuna Waterfall and Ecotermales Fortuna. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Playa Samara — 2 nights

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 9th (Thu), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara holiday website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Samara by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Tamarindo attractions planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 12th (Sun), you're off to home.
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Tours · Outdoors · Spas
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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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