22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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San Jose

— 3 nights
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 hidden gems such as Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Get a sense of the local culture at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Cocles and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Punta Uva Beach. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and The Captain's Booty. Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Skydive Costa Rica. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Uvita Waterfall (in Uvita) and Pineapple Tours (in Dominical).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Jaco

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Carara National Park and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jungle Crocodile Safari and Tarcoles Bridge. There's still lots to do: cast your line with Dragin Fly Fishing Charters, take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and get outside with Costa Rica SUP'ers.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planning app.

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 (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Ecological Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde travel route builder site.

Drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Bogarin Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Paradise Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planning tool.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for home on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.