22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Drive to Logan International Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly to Logan International Airport, Drive to Brattleboro

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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 in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Horseback Riding Tours. Bring the kids along to Ecotermales Fortuna and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, browse the exhibits of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website.

Brattleboro, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brattleboro to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 1 night
On the 21st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste visit planning site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach. On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo itinerary builder site.

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Playa Samara

— 2 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip maker website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Jaco, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Monteverde

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Family-friendly places like Curi Cancha Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
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San Jose

— 3 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 3rd (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then take a stroll through Multiplaza, and then soothe aching muscles at ZENfit 506.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose journey planner.

Getting from Monteverde to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in San Jose are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Adventure

Side Trips

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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
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.