22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 3 nights
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
4
Jaco
— 3 nights
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Get a sense of the local culture at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get warmer in San Jose: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion
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3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Cocles and Nature Observatorio. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Punta Uva Beach. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and get a taste of the local shopping with La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Pineapple Tours. Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Skydive Costa Rica. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Uvita Waterfall in Uvita, approximately Uvita away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park and browse the exhibits of The Captain's Booty.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Dominical, Quepos, Uvita Waterfall
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Pineapple Tours ©
Pineapple Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Carara National Park and Dragin Fly Fishing Charters. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Bambu. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Crocodile Safari, head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers, and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Dragin Fly Fishing Charters, Carara National Park
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Jungle Crocodile Safari ©
Jungle Crocodile Safari
Off-Road Tours

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and The Bat Jungle. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary. There's more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Jaco to Monteverde in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Bogarin Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. On the 30th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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