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:  13​h
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  17​h
End: Amsterdam

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 San Jose's surroundings by going to La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose holiday maker app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Jose is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in June, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary tool .

Take a shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
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.
When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tortuguero to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tortuguero in June, with highs in Tamarindo at 38°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

4
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

7
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

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