22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Gerardo de Dota
— 1 night
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Uvita
— 1 night
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Quepos
— 1 night
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Jaco
— 1 night
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): walk around Parque La Sabana, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, and finally look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder website.

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. July in San Jose sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

San Gerardo de Dota

— 1 night
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Gerardo de Dota trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Jose to San Gerardo de Dota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Uvita

— 1 night
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.
To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uvita trip builder tool.

Getting from San Gerardo de Dota to Uvita by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 24th (Fri), you're off to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Quepos

— 1 night
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, walk around Parque Nahomi, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Quepos road trip website.

You can drive from Uvita to Quepos in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Jaco vacation planning app.

Getting from Quepos to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Playa Samara

— 4 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Samara Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Playa Samara with an excursion to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY in Nosara--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, see Off-Road Tours, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara tour itinerary maker app.

Drive from Jaco to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Zipline and The Bat Jungle. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde vacation planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, make a splash at Kalambu Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Theme Parks

Side 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.
On the 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero online vacation maker.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Family-friendly places like Playa Puerto Viejo and Playa Punta Uva will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cahuita route planning app.

Getting from Tortuguero to Cahuita by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Jose driving holiday planning app.

Drive from Cahuita to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, San Jose is a bit cooler than Cahuita - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums

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.