8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playa Flamingo
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Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
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
— 1 night
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Manchester

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Playa Flamingo

— 1 night

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tee off at Garra de Leon Golf Course. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Playa Flamingo travel itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Ecotermales Fortuna will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey maker website.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde road trip website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.