22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Jaco
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Verona Villafranca Airport

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3
nights
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 Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at 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

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
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 drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

3
nights
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 Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Step off the beaten path and head to Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 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 · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

2
nights
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

4
nights
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 Paradise Hot Springs. Step off the beaten path and head to Butterfly Conservatory and ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. There's still lots to do: hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

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 · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
nights
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 Spas. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Playas del Coco (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll through Monkey Park, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo attractions site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.