22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
7
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tamarindo Beach and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at Samara Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Thu), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este), Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita) and Zipline (in Jaco). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero road trip app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vara Blanca travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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.
Kids will enjoy Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 5th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.