22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ljubljana
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  28 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Quebrada Grande
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Ljubljana

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Rio Celeste will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
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.
On the 14th (Sun), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Puntarenas
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

4
nights
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 Playa Biesanz and Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and MidWorld Costa Rica. There's still lots to do: stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for the ferry ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

2
nights
Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
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Spas & Wellness
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

3
nights
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 23rd (Tue), stroll through Samara Beach and then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Guiones.

Plan my day in Playa Samara using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Guiones
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Avellana and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal--about 38 minutes away.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Conchal
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Spas & Wellness
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Quebrada Grande

Quebrada Grande ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take a tour by water with Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Quebrada Grande road trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Quebrada Grande in 3 hours. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours
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Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours ©

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