22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Verona
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  22 h 15 min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Verona

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Uva Beach and Nature Observatorio. Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip site .

Verona, Italy to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Verona to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Veragua Rainforest Park, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita tour builder site .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Rainmaker Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio travel site .

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Walking tours

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
Playa Samara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Papaya Con Leche, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel route planning app .

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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.
On the 9th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and finally look for gifts at Souvenir Ocarina.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Butterfly Conservatory. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©

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