22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planning tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero day trip tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cano Island. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Naturaseekers.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Drake Bay takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jaco tour builder app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 4 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Finca El Paraiso in Los Tornos--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online day trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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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