20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Playas del Coco — 1 night

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): stroll through Playa Hermosa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playas del Coco is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pura Aventura. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tamarindo travel route planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 2 nights

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 26th (Mon), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carrillo.

Before you visit Playa Samara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

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 28th (Wed): see what you can catch with Caribsea Sportfishing and then see Safari Adventures. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Uvita.
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Uvita — 3 nights

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planning app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 3 nights

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 Playa Punta Uva and Playa Cocles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature Observatorio and Tarantulas Way. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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