23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
nights
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 Playa Hermosa. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Potrero Beach. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Playas del Coco). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, stroll through Monkey Park, and look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, and finally view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip builder.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

2
nights
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 4th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Linda, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bejuco, make a trip to Mirador de Jaco, and then stroll through Jaco Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Horseback Riding Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Ventanas and Playa Espadilla Norte. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get interesting insight from Tours, get outside with Barraba's Surf, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

3
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the galleries of Luluberlu Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Redfrogteam Biological Station, and get outside with Nature Riders.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Sat), cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co., and then look for gifts at The Workshop. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas · Breweries & Distilleries · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.