22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + taxi:  17​h
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  16​h
End: Amsterdam

2
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.
On the 15th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Manuel Antonio reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
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.
Visiting Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hacienda Baru and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

Make your Uvita itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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 in touch with nature at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and The Bat Jungle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Elena Skywalk and Arte Jaguar Gallery. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
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 22nd (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Santa Teresa

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.
On the 24th (Mon), stroll through Playa Carmen and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip builder website .

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

3
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then look for all kinds of wild species at Veragua Rainforest Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Playas del Coco in December, plan for slightly colder days in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get in touch with nature at Ecocentro Danaus and Paradise Hot Springs. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and Head underground at Venado Caves.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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