8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

1
day
Vara Blanca

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): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Vara Blanca trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Vancouver, Canada to Vara Blanca is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Vara Blanca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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 30th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

Plan trip to Monteverde with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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