20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route builder

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Fly
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Shuttle
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Wroclaw

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Jaco

— 2 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 Carara National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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Wroclaw, Poland to Jaco is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Uvita

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Uvita Waterfall and Playa Ventanas. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uvita tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Jaco to Uvita in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safari Adventures and Playa Espadilla Norte. Visiting Rainmaker Park and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on Costa Rican Tropical Tours and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa tour itinerary maker tool.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bogarin Trail and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Get outdoors at Butterfly Conservatory and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a shuttle from Santa Teresa to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Playas del Coco

— 1 night

Coco Beach

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 24th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pura Aventura and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

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You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

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.