23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Quepos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tarcoles
— 1 night
Taxi to San José, airport, Ferry to Montezuma
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Montezuma
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Sardinal
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 1 night
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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.
You've now added Food Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Jose online trip itinerary maker.

Edmonton, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Edmonton to San Jose, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, San Jose is much warmer than Edmonton - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
night
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.
Santa Lucia Falls has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Thu), kick back and relax at Uvita Beach and then take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita travel route website.

You can drive from San Jose to Uvita in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will leave for Quepos on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

3
nights
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eco Termales, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Playa Espadilla Sur, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Espadilla Norte and Parque Nahomi. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Playita and Playas Gemelas. When in Quepos, make a side trip to see Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical, approximately Dominical away.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Quepos online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Quepos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Tico Surf Lessons has been added to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Quepos to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tarcoles.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Adventure · Beaches · Tours

1
night
Tarcoles

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Mantas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tarcoles journey planner.

Tarcoles is just a stone's throw from Jaco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Tarcoles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

4
nights
Montezuma

With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Young Vision Surf School, Montezuma Falls, Rio Lajas, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isla de Cabuya and Playa Quesera. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Montezuma, learn something new at La Escuela Del Sol, and admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Butterfly Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Montezuma online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tarcoles to Montezuma by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

3
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Samara Beach. On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Garza and then kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at San Juanillo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You've now added Pacifico Resto - Bar & Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mina and then get a taste of local nightlife at Pacifico Resto - Bar & Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

Plan my trip to Tamarindo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Sardinal.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nightlife

Side Trip

2
nights
Sardinal

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Palo Verde National Park and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maderos Brewery.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sardinal trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Sardinal in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Sardinal

Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

1
night
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.
Paradise Hot Springs has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

Discover how to plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sardinal to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas

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San Jose

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Jose online vacation maker.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.

Gulf of Papagayo travel guide

4.3
Zipline · Bars & Clubs · Kayaking & Canoeing
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations. The dramatic shoreline to the north and the abundance of pristine beaches make such moves make a lot of sense. Situated close to a number of national parks, visitors find plenty of adventure during vacations in Gulf of Papagayo, adding a nice counterpoint to the relaxation and luxury available at the bay's premier resorts.