22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route maker

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 32°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, walk around Bogarin Trail, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca attractions planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip planning website.

Drive from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Tarantulas Way and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge in Uvita (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

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Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Jaco

— 3 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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jaco online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Monteverde

— 4 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.
Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Finca El Paraiso in Los Tornos, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, have fun at El Trapiche Tour, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planning site.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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.