20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Cahuita
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Playa Grande
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Quepos
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night

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San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 11th (Sun), revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Jose online tour builder.

Brussels, Belgium to San Jose is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in December, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Art Gallery
Galeria Namu
4.9

3
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Family-friendly places like Playa Cocles and Cahuita National Park will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Spas & Wellness. Step out of Cahuita with an excursion to Nature Park Walk in Manzanillo--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and look for gifts at Talamanca Family Art.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cahuita online itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Cahuita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and finally browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your La Fortuna de San Carlos trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Cahuita to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Playa Grande.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure
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Water Body
Lake Arenal
4.3

3
nights
Playa Grande

Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande, also known as Salinas, is a beach community on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica just north of Tamarindo. Explore hidden gems such as Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and Pura Aventura. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Avellana and Las Baulas National Marine Park. Go for a jaunt from Playa Grande to Pinilla to see Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club about 34 minutes away.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Playa Grande day trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Grande in 4 hours. In December in Playa Grande, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Grande

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach and then take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Playa Samara route website.

Traveling by car from Playa Grande to Playa Samara takes 2.5 hours. In December in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
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Beach
Samara Beach
4.4
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Waterfall
Belen Waterfall
4.5
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Art Gallery
Koss Art Gallery
4.7

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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 23rd (Fri), view the masterpieces at Art House and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Historic Walking Area
Santa Elena Skywalk
3.9
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Art Gallery
Art House
4.0

3
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Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palo Seco Beach and Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop. Take a break from the city and head to Rainmaker Park and Hacienda Baru Lodge. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hunt for treasures at Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor), and stop by Meli Melo Boutique.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Quepos using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Quepos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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Must see
Palo Seco Beach
4.3
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Nature / Park
Rainmaker Park
4.5

1
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San Jose

San Jose
To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by bus from Quepos to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 29th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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