22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey maker

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
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Santa Teresa
— 6 nights
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Montezuma
Ferry
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Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ojochal
— 7 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Alajuela to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately half hour car ride. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Santa Teresa

— 6 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Explore Santa Teresa's surroundings by going to Playa Samara (Barrigona Beach & Playa Buena Vista) and Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa online tour itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Montezuma on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Montezuma

With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Montezuma road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Montezuma takes an hour. You will leave for Uvita on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Montezuma

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Uvita

— 5 nights
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.
Uvita is known for beaches, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uvita road trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Montezuma to Uvita in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ojochal.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Ojochal

— 7 nights
Explore Ojochal's surroundings by going to Cano Island (in Drake Bay), San Vito (Las Cruces Biological Station & Finca Cantaros) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe).

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ojochal trip itinerary app.

Ojochal is very close to Uvita. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ojochal

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.