22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Quepos
— 3 nights
Drive
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
7
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Tio Leo Coffee Tour (in Liberia). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

Plan a trip to Tamarindo easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Marseille, France to Tamarindo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Marseille to Tamarindo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online route planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then stop by Fruity Monkey Poop. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Quepos

— 3 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Explore Quepos' surroundings by going to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Quepos driving holiday site.

Drive from Jaco to Quepos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

You can drive from Quepos to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of San Jose to go to Vara Blanca and see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Massage Therapy, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Jose online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tortuguero in August, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.