22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 5 nights

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.
Get outdoors at La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, walk around Bogarin Trail, Head underground at Venado Caves, and explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

Walaba

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.
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San Jose — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, wander the streets of Multiplaza, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour builder app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Raindrop Spa, walk around Parque Nahomi, and explore the galleries of The Captain's Booty.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Jaco Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco day trip app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tamarindo Beach. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Sea Star Souvenir in Brasilito, approximately Brasilito away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.
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Playas del Coco — 1 night

Coco Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then let the river carry you with Matt's Fishing & Tours.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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