21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner
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Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bogarin Trail and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, take a pleasant ride with Cabalgata Don Tobias, and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner.

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cahuita.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Cahuita — 2 nights

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then get a dose of the wild on Cahuita Tours. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Redfrogteam Biological Station and then kick back and relax at Playa Negra.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. March in Cahuita sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Espadilla Norte and La Playita. Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playas Gemelas. Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Side Trip

San Jose — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Jose online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jaco.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Jose to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Side Trip

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 14th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa road trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 16th (Wed), you'll travel to Playas del Coco.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Playas del Coco — 5 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Potrero Beach and Playa Nacascolo. Get in touch with nature at Four Seasons Golf Club and Crazy Alex CR. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas), Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia) and Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco tour planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
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.