23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Quepos
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Tarcoles
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  2​h
6
Montezuma
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Sardinal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Edmonton

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Food Tours. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Jose trip simple and quick.

Edmonton, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to San Jose is 1 hour. Traveling from Edmonton in February, things will get much warmer in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours

1
night
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.
Santa Lucia Falls has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach and then take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita day trip planning site .

Take a bus from San Jose to Uvita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Quepos on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls

3
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You've added Eco Termales, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Playa Espadilla Sur, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Espadilla Norte and Parque Nahomi. Relax by the water at Playas Gemelas and La Playita. Step out of Quepos with an excursion to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical--about 36 minutes away.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Quepos route app .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Quepos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Playa Espadilla Sur ©
Playa Espadilla Sur

2
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tico Surf Lessons as well as Monkey Bar. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): join in the after-dark buzz at Monkey Bar.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Quepos to Jaco in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Tarcoles.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Nightlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tico Surf Lessons ©
Tico Surf Lessons
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Mirador de Jaco ©
Mirador de Jaco

1
night
Tarcoles

Tarcoles ©
On the 12th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mantas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park and then snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tarcoles day trip planning website .

Tarcoles is very close to Jaco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Tarcoles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Herradura, Carara National Park
Highlights from your plan
Playa Mantas ©
Playa Mantas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

4
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
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 list of things to see and do now includes Young Vision Surf School, Montezuma Falls, Rio Lajas, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Isla de Cabuya and Playa Quesera. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Butterfly Garden and kick back and relax at Playa Montezuma.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Montezuma trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Tarcoles to Montezuma takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Playa Quesera, Zuma Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Quesera ©
Playa Quesera
Young Vision Surf School ©
Young Vision Surf School
Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya

3
nights
Playa Samara

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.
Samara Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Garza, then kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Samara Farmers Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at San Juanillo Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Playa Samara trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

San Juanillo Beach, Playa Garza
Highlights from your plan
San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pacifico Bar. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mina and then get a taste of local nightlife at Pacifico Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip planning website .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Sardinal.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Mina
Highlights from your plan
Playa Mina ©
Playa Mina
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Pacifico Bar ©
Pacifico Bar

2
nights
Sardinal

Sardinal ©
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Palo Verde National Park and then sample the tasty concoctions at Maderos Brewery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sardinal holiday tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Sardinal in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off toLa Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Sardinal

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Palo Verde National Park, Maderos Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park
Maderos Brewery ©
Maderos Brewery

1
night
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.
You've now added Paradise Hot Springs to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner .

You can drive from Sardinal to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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