22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights

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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.
Family-friendly places like Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Zipline in Jaco, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio visit planner.

London, UK to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Cahuita.

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Zipline
Zipline
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Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cahuita trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Cahuita takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

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National Park
Cahuita National Park
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Tortuguero

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero online travel route planner.

You can drive from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
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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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, see Off-Road Tours, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

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Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get outside with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Poas Volcano National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

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Poas Volcano
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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.
Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tamarindo Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Guiones (in Nosara). The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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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.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and Curi Cancha Reserve. When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Middle Earth Thermal Springs in Quebrada Grande, approximately Quebrada Grande away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices, explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde journey tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
4.2

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