8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Seattle
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  14​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  16​h 30​min
Seattle

3
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Avellana and Playa Hermosa. Change things up with a short trip to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park and explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo route planning tool .

Seattle, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Tamarindo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

1
day
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

2
days
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.
On the 21st (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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