8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary
La Fortuna de San Carlos
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— 1 night
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— 2 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to London
Tue, Nov 1 - Tue, Nov 8
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.La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.
To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app.
London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.
To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero holiday planner.
Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Highlights from your trip
Manuel Antonio — 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.
To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio vacation maker.
Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center.
To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde online day trip planner.
Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide
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.