22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to London

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Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
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 Stand-Up Paddleboarding 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 get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife 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 18.5-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.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Cahuita

— 2 nights
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.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero day trip website.

Drive from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 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

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planning website.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
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 catch the flight to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Attractions like Tamarindo Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Guiones (in Nosara), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, 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 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

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 4 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.
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

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Adventure

Side Trip

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.