22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: David
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Puerto Jimenez
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rincon de La Vieja
— 3 nights
End: Rincon de La Vieja

3
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Jagua Arts and Crafts and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Rancho Raices de Osa and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with a short trip to Cano Island in Drake Bay (about 1h 20 min away).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Jimenez tour planner.

Bocas Town, Panama to Puerto Jimenez is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Bocas Town in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 27°C in Puerto Jimenez. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Cano Island
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rancho Raices de Osa ©
Rancho Raices de Osa

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store and Meli Melo Boutique. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Super Joseth. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio National Park vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Jimenez to Manuel Antonio National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Jimenez to Manuel Antonio National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Puerto Jimenez in September, with highs in Manuel Antonio National Park at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Quepos, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Spas & Wellness
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Toucan Rescue Ranch and Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Head to Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro and Chocolatería Sibúfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, look for gifts at La Bodega de Chema, don't miss a visit to Iglesia de la Merced, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Jose travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Manuel Antonio National Park to San Jose by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

San Isidro, Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, Tirimbina Biological Reserve
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro ©
Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Zipline. Do your shopping at Souvenir Rosewood and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Punta Arenas to see Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Spas & Wellness
Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Venado Caves. Visiting Paradise Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip generator.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Arenal Volcano National Park
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Shop till you drop at Hidden Garden Art Gallery and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Art & Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco).

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz custom trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Cruz in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, San Juanillo Beach
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San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Shark Diving
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

3
nights
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tenorio National Park and Rio Negro Hot Springs. Get out of town with these interesting Rincon de La Vieja side-trips: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course (in Gulf of Papagayo) and Miravalles Volcano (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste).

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rincon de La Vieja travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Rincon de La Vieja in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rincon de La Vieja can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course, Miravalles Volcano, Tenorio National Park
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Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

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