22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Verona
Fly + Drive:  19 h
1
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Verona

3
nights
Jaco

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Carara National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco road trip planning tool .

Verona, Italy to Jaco is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Verona to Jaco is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Carara National Park, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Waterfall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Uvita, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Spas
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Walking 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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Poas Volcano will get you outdoors. Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles in Cartago, approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose driving holiday site .

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
On the 5th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, indulge your taste buds at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Hermosa and Tamarindo Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playas del Coco and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To plan Tamarindo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Hermosa, River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

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