22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Iglesia La Soledad. Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). 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: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

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 · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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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 Nature Observatorio. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Skydive Costa Rica. Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Pineapple Tours. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Uvita Waterfall in Uvita, approximately Uvita away. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

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

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pineapple Tours
5.0

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Jaco

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Carara National Park and Jungle Crocodile Safari. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours 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 · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Must see
Off-Road Tours
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Monteverde

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and The Bat Jungle. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary. There's more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Historic Sites
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bogarin Trail 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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park, 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

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