22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary builder

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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montezuma
— 4 nights
Ferry to Jacó, Bus to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy some music at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose journey planner.

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in May, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Nightlife
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rainforest Chocolate Tour, Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, Arenal Volcano, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

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Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
You've added Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Monteverde Night Walk Costa Rica, Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, Rio Negro Hot Springs and Adventure Tours Hacienda Guachipelin. On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rio Negro Hot Springs. On your second day here, take a spin around town with Adventure Tours Hacienda Guachipelin.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rincon de La Vieja trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Rincon de La Vieja in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Montezuma.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Adventure · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Montezuma

— 4 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Playa Montezuma, Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, Playa Santa Teresa, and other attractions you added.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Montezuma sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Montezuma in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Take a break from the city and head to Rio savegre Waterfall and Parasailing & Paragliding. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mike’s Nature Tours and Marina Pez Vela. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Playa Matapalo (in Quepos), Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita) and Parque Reptilandia (in Dominical). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, view the masterpieces at El O'scars Galleria, look for gifts at The Captain's Booty, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Montezuma to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Jose

— 3 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Toucan Rescue Ranch and Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. Get in touch with nature at Bosque de la Hoja and Top Travel Costa Rica. Enjoy San Jose some more: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online day trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.