22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Jaco
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Bus to San Jose Terminal MEPE, Fly to Santiago

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Jaco

— 2 nights
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.
On the 9th (Thu), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco online journey builder.

Santiago, Chile to Jaco is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Walking tours. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Parrita to see Rainmaker Park about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Uvita

— 3 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Visiting Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Ventanas, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Uvita to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. On your second day here, stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara day trip planning site.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, browse the exhibits of Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Playas del Coco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Hot Springs and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel tool.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 5 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature Observatorio and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.