22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Quepos
— 2 nights
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Parrita
— 1 night
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Tarcoles
— 1 night
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Canas
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Limon
— 1 night
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Cartago
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 3 nights

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center in Alajuela (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, and stroll around Parque La Sabana.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Jose is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to San Jose. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Art Gallery
Galeria Namu
4.9

2
nights
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 15th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Quepos trip builder website.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Parrita.

Things to do in Quepos

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.6
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
3.8

1
night
Parrita

Parrita ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Rainmaker Park and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Parrita trip planner.

Parrita is very close to Quepos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Parrita

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Nature / Park
Rainmaker Park
4.5
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.6

2
nights
Jaco

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 18th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jaco day trip app.

Traveling by car from Parrita to Jaco takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tarcoles.

Things to do in Jaco

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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.7
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.7

1
night
Tarcoles

Tarcoles ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tarcoles online trip builder.

Tarcoles is very close to Jaco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Canas.

Things to do in Tarcoles

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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National Park
Carara National Park
4.5

1
night
Canas

Canas ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Rescate Las Pumas.

Start your trip to Canas by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Tarcoles to Canas by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Canas

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canas to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your trip
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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On your second day here, examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your trip
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5

1
night
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
On the 26th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Explore Limon and then stroll through Veragua Rainforest Park.

Discover how to plan a Puerto Limon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Limon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Puerto Limon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cartago.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
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Architectural Building
Explore Limon
4.2

1
night
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Cartago Central Market, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): stop by House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and finally steep yourself in history at Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cartago vacation app.

Getting from Puerto Limon to Cartago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Limon in February: highs in Cartago hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Cartago

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

3
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San Jose

Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Sarchi to see Mariposas Sarchi about 54 minutes away. See some other sides of San Jose: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Cartago to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6
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Children’s Museum
Museo de los Ninos
4.4

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