22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route maker

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Fly
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
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Fly to Limon, Taxi to Limón, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Fly

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monteverde Nature Guided Tours and Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve. It doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Jaco

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Attractions like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Zipline make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Playita. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Spas. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Poas Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the next day, appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip app.

Fly from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Sat), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Make your Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Poas Volcano National Park to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 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.
Get outdoors at La Fortuna Waterfall and Bogarin Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Flow Trips. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cabalgata Don Tobias, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route app.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.