22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  3​h 45​min
9
Puerto Limon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 6th (Fri), get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, then stop by Lis Umana Beachwear, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, get interesting insight from Tours, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Playas del Coco is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Flamingo and see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Playa Samara

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.
On the 11th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa vacation maker app .

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kokopelli.

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Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Kokopelli, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Mon), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, trot along with a tour on horseback, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Spas

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
On the 18th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. On your second day here, stroll through Ecological Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then stroll through Monteverde Theme Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Spas

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Conservatory and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Safaris
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
Puerto Limon

On the 23rd (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Veragua Rainforest Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Limon day trip planning site .

Do a combination of car and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Limon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. March in Puerto Limon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then stroll through Tarantulas Way, then stroll through Playa Cocles, and finally kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, and then stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planning site .

Getting from Puerto Limon to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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