22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Turrialba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
7
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Avellana and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in January; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 38°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

6
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), get outside with Salto, and hike along Ecocentro Danaus.

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

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Make the 10th (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Playa Espadilla Norte, and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

Planning Manuel Antonio trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
nights
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turrialba trip planning website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba in 4.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Tortuguero itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Turrialba to Tortuguero. In February in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
On the 13th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense and then identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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