22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Turrialba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Jose


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.
Head to Galeria Namu and Chieton Morenfor plenty of shopping. Precolumbian Gold Museum and Jade Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Jose travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Jose. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planning tool .

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turrialba trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tortuguero to Turrialba. In March in Turrialba, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

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.
Head to Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Super Josethfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio itinerary maker site .

Drive from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Super Joseth ©
Super Joseth

5
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Souvenir Leo ©
Souvenir Leo
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Visit Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary for their historical value. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Conchal and see Playa Conchal, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Diamante Boutique, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Dolores Shop ©
Dolores Shop
Ocean Leather ©
Ocean Leather

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