23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights

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4
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Paradise Hot Springs. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
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Safari
Safaris
4.6

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

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
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.
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

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Must see
Playa Carmen
4.4
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
5.0

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 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 · Shopping

Side Trips

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Beach
Playa Linda
4.6
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Beach
Playa Bejuco
4.6
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.8

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Ventanas. Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Playa Espadilla Norte. There's much more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll around Parque Nahomi, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get outside with Barraba's Surf.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online route builder.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 9th (Tue), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Must see
Walking tours
4.7
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.8

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 Nature Riders. When in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, make a side trip to see Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary in Puerto Limon, approximately Puerto Limon away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the galleries of Luluberlu Art Gallery, and stroll through Redfrogteam Biological Station.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
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.
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

Highlights from your trip
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Art Gallery
Galeria Namu
4.9

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