8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica attractions planner
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San Jose
— 2 nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


San Jose — 2 nights

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 20th (Sun), catch some excitement at Butterfly Kingdom Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose itinerary builder website.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Tobías Bolaños International Airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport and Limon International Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife
Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Tamarindo — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Take a break from the city and head to Tamarindo Beach and Potrero Beach. Visit Playa Conchal and Penca Beach for some beach relaxation. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Arenas Blancas in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Las Baulas National Marine Park, and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo online road trip planner.

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 26th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

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.