22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Kaliningrad
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  26​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
5
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Vara Blanca
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Kaliningrad

4
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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Kaliningrad, Russia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kaliningrad to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, stroll through Playa Avellana, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo journey planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Horseback Riding Tours in Jaco, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose route planning website .

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July in San Jose, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardin Botanico Lankester
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip builder app .

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by combination of bus and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Get out of town with these interesting Vara Blanca side-trips: Finca Sura (in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui), Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi) and La Virgen (Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park & Tirimbina Biological Reserve). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip planning site .

Drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Virgen, Finca Sura, Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, Poas Volcano
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden ©
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden
Finca Sura ©
Finca Sura

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