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What to do in Costa Rica in 8 days


If you're wondering what to do in Costa Rica in just 8 days, you've come to the right place. In this article we present you with a stimulating itinerary designed to help you make the most of your stay in this extraordinary country.


Costa Rica boasts an impressive 6% of the world's biodiversity, making it a paradise for nature lovers. With its diverse landscapes encompassing majestic mountains, pristine beaches, meandering rivers, towering volcanoes, waterfalls and lush rainforests, there is no shortage of breathtaking sights to behold. So dust off your camera and get ready for an unforgettable vacation that promises to seduce your senses and ignite your adventurous spirit. 


Are you ready for an experience like no other? Welcome to the land of "Pura Vida," where every moment is imbued with joy, vitality and a deep connection to nature. In this Costa Rica travel guide we tell you what you can't miss over the course of 8 incredible days:


Costa Rica travel guide in 8 days


DAY 01: SAN JOSÉ

Welcome to Costa Rica. Upon arrival at your hotel in the vibrant capital of San Jose, take time to settle in and soak up the local atmosphere as you begin your Costa Rican adventure.





DAY 02: SAN JOSÉ-ARENAL

After an energizing breakfast, embark from San José to Arenal, home to one of the country's most iconic landmarks: the magnificent Arenal Volcano. Check into your hotel and prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds you.


DAY 03: ARENAL

Refuel with a delicious breakfast before embarking on a half-day excursion to explore the enchanting Arenal region. Cross the Hanging Bridges and delve into the area's rich natural history while marveling at the lush landscapes and diverse wildlife. Don't forget to take a dip in the rejuvenating hot springs for ultimate relaxation.


DAY 04: ARENAL

You can choose to relax at your hotel or embark on a side trip to discover more of Arenal's wonders. Consider enjoying activities such as zip-lining through the canopy, horseback riding or venturing out on a scenic hike.





DAY 05: ARENAL-MANUEL ANTONIO, QUEPOS

After breakfast, head from Arenal to Manuel Antonio, located on the stunning Pacific coast. Prepare to be enchanted by the picturesque beaches, lush rainforest and abundant wildlife that await you in this coastal paradise.


DAY 06: MANUEL ANTONIO

Wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore and enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking the ocean. Today is yours to spend as you please – whether you choose to relax on the pristine beaches, explore the vibrant town of Quepos, or venture into Manuel Antonio National Park to spot monkeys, sloths, and exotic birds in their natural habitat.


DAY 07: MANUEL ANTONIO

Savor another day in paradise as you soak up the sun and immerse yourself in the beauty of Manuel Antonio. Consider embarking on a snorkeling excursion to discover the colorful marine life that thrives in the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, or simply unwind with a refreshing cocktail by the pool.





DAY 08: MANUEL ANTONIO-SAN JOSE

After breakfast, bid farewell to Manuel Antonio as you embark on a direct transfer from the area to the airport for your onward flight. As you journey back to San José, take one last look at the breathtaking landscapes that have captured your heart during your time in Costa Rica.


Though 8 days may seem short, it's just enough to give you a taste of Costa Rica's beauty and leave you craving more. Experience the Pura Vida and start planning your Costa Rican getaway today!


If you loved this 8-day itinerary, experience it with DCR Destination Costa Rica starting from $1320 USD per person in double occupancy. Contact us for more information about your Costa Rican getaway.

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