22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Verona Villafranca Airport

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Uva Beach and Veragua Rainforest Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Nature Observatorio, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning app.

Verona, Italy to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Verona to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uvita holiday planning app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Rainmaker Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route website.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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nights
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 4th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip planning app.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

2
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Playas del Coco

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.
On the 9th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore the galleries of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Hermosa, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and finally look for gifts at Souvenir Ocarina.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park in La Virgen--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.