8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive
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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
Fly

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Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker site.

Vancouver, Canada to Vara Blanca is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Nightlife

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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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.
On the 30th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping
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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.