22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
7
San Jose
— 4 nights

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Tamarindo

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 Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo holiday planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Must see
Zipline
4.2

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
©
Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

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.
On the 26th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

2
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Step out of Drake Bay to go to Carate and see Corcovado National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 29th (Wed) at Cano Island.

For where to stay and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay attractions site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Drake Bay in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side 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

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Jaco (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Jaco), Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Ruins of the Church of Carthage) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planning site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
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Zipline
Zipline
4.7

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