22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker website.

Santiago, Chile to Vara Blanca is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to Vara Blanca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.9

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online visit planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Zipline
4.2

2
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tamarindo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Pura Aventura
4.8

4
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
©
Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
4.7

1
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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.
On the 19th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your trip
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

2
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip maker.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.8

2
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Take a break from Drake Bay with a short trip to Corcovado National Park in Carate, about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 24th (Fri) at Cano Island.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay trip website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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National Park
Corcovado National Park
4.4
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.7
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Island
Cano Island
4.0

5
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Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
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 these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Zipline
Zipline
4.7

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