22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly + Drive:  13 h
1
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
7
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Santiago

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the next day, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary site.

Santiago, Chile to Vara Blanca is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Santiago to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

La Virgen, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.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 find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monteverde visit planner.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
Tamarindo

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

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo visit app.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. 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

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
nights
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, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 19th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero route builder site.

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 julio, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°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 Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning site.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Cahuita National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

2
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Change things up 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. categoryPhrases.sentence.Spend_the_day_observing_fascinating_marine_mammals_with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Drake Bay road trip planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

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