22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Milan
Fly:  26​h
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Puerto Limon
— 1 night
car:  4​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Nuevo Arenal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Liberia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
Milan

1
day
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 4th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Sabana.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip planning site .

Milan, Italy to San Jose is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Milan in August, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Museums
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
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Jade Museum

3
days
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for beaches, spas, adventure, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and relax in the rural setting at Chocorart.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner .

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose in August, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

2
days
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, then identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vargas Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): stop by Mercado Municipal, then explore the activities along Tortuguero Canal, then look for all kinds of wild species at Veragua Rainforest Park, and finally enjoy some diversion at Tortugueros.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Limon itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Puerto Limon, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Tortuguero Canal ©
Tortuguero Canal
Vargas Park ©
Vargas Park

2
days
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): choose your vessel at Tortuguero Adventures.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero journey builder website .

You can take a shuttle from Puerto Limon to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. In August, Tortuguero is slightly colder than Puerto Limon - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nuevo Arenal.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
days
Nuevo Arenal

Nuevo Arenal ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Waterfall la Piedra del Indio, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, then meet the residents at Arenal Eco Zoo, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Viento Fresco Waterfall, stop by Souvenir Rosewood, look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond, then take in the exciting artwork at Art House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuevo Arenal trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Tortuguero to Nuevo Arenal with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in August; daily highs in Nuevo Arenal reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Nuevo Arenal

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Elena, El Castillo, Tilaran, Art House, Venado Caves
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

2
days
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 15th (Wed), get your game on at Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center and then look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Rescate Las Pumas, then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Liberia journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Nuevo Arenal to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. In August in Liberia, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Liberia

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Spas & Wellness, Playa Hermosa, Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
days
Playa Samara

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.
On the 18th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, stroll through Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stroll through Barrigona Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, and finally explore and take pictures at Kingfisher Sportfishing.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara journey planner .

Drive from Liberia to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

3
days
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.
You've now added El Santuario Canopy Adventure Tour to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Uvita (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars). Pack the 23rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. In August, Manuel Antonio is a bit cooler than Playa Samara - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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El Santuario Canopy Adventure Tour ©
El Santuario Canopy Adventure Tour
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
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