22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Bus
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Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Parrita
— 1 night
Drive
4
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tarcoles
— 1 night
Drive
6
Canas
— 1 night
Drive
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Limon
— 1 night
Taxi to Limon, Fly to Cartago
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Cartago
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center in Alajuela (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Jose is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to San Jose. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 15th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Quepos trip builder website.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Parrita.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Parrita

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Rainmaker Park and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Parrita trip planner.

Parrita is very close to Quepos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Parrita

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jaco day trip app.

Traveling by car from Parrita to Jaco takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tarcoles.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Tarcoles

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tarcoles online trip builder.

Tarcoles is very close to Jaco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Canas.

Things to do in Tarcoles

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Canas

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Rescate Las Pumas.

Start your trip to Canas by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Tarcoles to Canas by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Canas

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canas to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Spas

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

Puerto Limon

— 1 night
On the 26th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Explore Limon and then stroll through Veragua Rainforest Park.

Discover how to plan a Puerto Limon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Limon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Puerto Limon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cartago.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Cartago

— 1 night
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Cartago Central Market, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): stop by House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cartago vacation app.

Getting from Puerto Limon to Cartago by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Limon in February: highs in Cartago hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Cartago

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

San Jose

— 3 nights
Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Sarchi to see Mariposas Sarchi about 54 minutes away. See even more of San Jose: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip app.

You can drive from Cartago to San Jose in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

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.