22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Liberia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Tortuguero
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
8
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip maker app .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Liberia: Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja & Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, look for gifts at Souvenir Ocarina, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Liberia vacation builder .

You can take a bus from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde journey website .

Traveling by car from Liberia to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio holiday planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Jaco, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get great views at Mirador Huequecura and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca visit planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mirador Huequecura

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero road trip planning site .

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 September, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
nights
San Jose

San Jose
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Jose online travel route planner .

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Tortuguero in October, expect San Jose to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 21°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Irazu Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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