22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
6
Tamarindo
— 4 nights

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3
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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.
Visiting Carara National Park and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jaco day trip website.

Verona, Italy to Jaco is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Verona to Jaco, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours

4
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 hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Take a break from San Jose with a short trip to Poas Volcano in Poas Volcano National Park, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder tool.

You can take a shuttle from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then stroll through Playa Cocles. On your second day here, stroll through Nature Observatorio and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning website.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. There's still lots to do: hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, take a memorable tour with Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Tamarindo Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing

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