8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Uvita
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Birmingham

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Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 5th (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa planner.

Birmingham, USA to Santa Teresa is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
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Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uvita trip maker app.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Biesanz and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning app.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

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 10th (Tue): stroll through Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 11th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

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.