22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose driving holiday planner.

Los Angeles, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

2
nights
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 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls, and then take in the pleasant sights at Parque Central De Grecia.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
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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 15th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero route planning app.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

4
nights
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: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Manuel Antonio National Park, see Off-Road Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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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.
On the 20th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours, get interesting insight from Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, get interesting insight from Tours, and then browse the different shops at Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jaco driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planning tool.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) 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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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: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker.

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 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

3
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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.
Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.