22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Jimenez
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca attractions planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Vara Blanca is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Barcelona to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online road trip planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Drake Bay

— 2 nights
You've now added Corcovado National Park to your itinerary. Spend a day of island exploring on the 12th (Thu) at Cano Island.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Drake Bay travel route site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Jimenez

— 3 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Piedras Blancas National Park in Golfito (about 1h 5 min away).

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Jimenez day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Puerto Jimenez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Jaco fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Puerto Jimenez to Jaco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for Monteverde on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde tour website.

Drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, Baldi Hot Springs and Horseback Riding Tours. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, then stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tenorio Volcano National Park

— 1 night
To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tenorio Volcano National Park vacation maker website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Tenorio Volcano National Park in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take an exotic tour of Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Playa Puerto Viejo. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.