22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Santiago
Fly + Drive:  13 h 30 min
1
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Uvita
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Santiago

2
nights
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.
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.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, 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

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Carara National Park
Highlights from your plan
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rainmaker Park and Parque Nahomi. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online route planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Walking tours

3
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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 Uvita Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nauyaca Waterfalls and Uvita Waterfall. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uvita planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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 categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Uvita to Santa Teresa by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. 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
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
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, try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playa Samara trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara
Highlights from your plan
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, 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, flight, and bus. 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

Side Trips

Playa Nacascolo, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica'n Art Craft, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder tool.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

5
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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 Finca La Isla. The adventure continues: 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 get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car 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

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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