22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Playa Grande
— 7 nights
Drive:  45​min
Playa Negra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Teresa
— 4 nights
+3
bus + ferry + foot + bus:  5​h
Dominical
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
Amsterdam

7
days
Playa Grande

Playa Grande ©
We've included these beaches for you: Potrero Beach and Playa Conchal. Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates will thrill your kids. Explore Playa Grande's surroundings by going to Costa Rica Sailing Center (in Playa Potrero), Bahia Artshop (in Playa Flamingo) and Sea Hag Clothing (in Playas del Coco). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Playa Grande vacation builder .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Playa Grande is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in February, with highs in Playa Grande at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Playa Negra.

Things to do in Playa Grande

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, El Viejo Wetlands
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
day
Playa Negra

Playa Negra ©
On the 10th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Negra vacation app .

Getting from Playa Grande to Playa Negra by car takes about an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Playa Negra can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Negra

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Avellana
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

3
days
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.
Visiting Playa Carmen and Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis, and admire all the interesting features of Sunrise Ranch.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Playa Negra to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dominical.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Sunrise Ranch
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

5
days
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and Spas & Wellness. Attractions like Hacienda Baru and MidWorld Costa Rica make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Dominical with a short trip to Meli Melo Boutique in Quepos, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dominical road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Santa Teresa to Dominical in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Dominical

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Uvita, Quepos, Manuel Antonio
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Top Travel Costa Rica. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Toledo Coffee Tour and Souvenir Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Poas Volcano in Poas Volcano National Park (about 1h 25 min away). It doesn't end there: stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose journey maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Dominical to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, El Toledo Coffee Tour, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Souvenir Museum
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour

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