20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to Jaco
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Belgrade

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Jaco — 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Palo Seco Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Bejuco and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding. The adventure continues: stop by Jimmy T's Provisions, play a few rounds at La Iguana Golf Course, and admire the sheer force of Catarata Bijagual.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco online tour itinerary planner.

Belgrade, Serbia to Jaco is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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 Snorkel Adventure CR and Playas Gemelas. Visiting Playa Espadilla Norte and Playa Linda will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio visit planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Montezuma. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Taboo Beach Club and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa journey app.

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 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with Nosara Sea Saw Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Garza.

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You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Danta and Zipline. The adventure continues: step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo route app.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Side Trips

Playas del Coco — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco travel planning tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips
Highlights from your trip

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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Butterfly Conservatory. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Venado Caves and Flow Trips. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, take in nature's colorful creations at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Make your La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Wildlife · 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.