22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Montreal
Fly:  8​h 30​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
Montreal

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), then contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras, and finally stop by Chieton Moren.

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Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in May, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

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Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and Playa Cocles. Visit Playa Chiquita and Puerto Viejo Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Cahuita
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

4
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and hike along Ecocentro Danaus.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website .

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 car; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
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2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Playa Espadilla Norte
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
days
Uvita

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

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Dominical, Hacienda Baru
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

3
days
Monteverde

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Viento Fresco Waterfall. Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Arte Jaguar Gallery. It doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and stroll through The Bat Jungle.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

3
days
Playas del Coco

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Playa Hermosa. When in Playas del Coco, make a side trip to see Llanos de Cortez Waterfall in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, approximately 1h 05 min away.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Monteverde to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

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Zipline, Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Zipline

1
day
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 27th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
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