23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 4 nights

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

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Vancouver, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Vancouver to Tamarindo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 4th (Wed), kick back and relax at Samara Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Horseback Riding Tours

2
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Monteverde

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

6
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque Nahomi, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
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Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
On the 15th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Cano Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa San Josecito and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Drake Bay tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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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.
On the 17th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita online trip maker.

Getting from Drake Bay to Uvita by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Souvenir Muy Tranquilo (in Fraijanes), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), and take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Photography Tours
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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