22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Jaco — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carara National Park and Quepos Fish Adventure Private Day Charters. Step out of the city life by going to Jungle Crocodile Safari and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding. There's lots more to do: stroll through Royal Butterflies, browse the different shops at Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center, snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Jaco travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Jaco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Jaco is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 4 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Magic Ananda. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Uvita Waterfall (in Uvita) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, see Off-Road Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Hermosa and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Costa Rica'n Art Craft. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Sea Star Souvenir in Brasilito, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Avellana and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Jose.
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San Jose — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jade Museum and Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion. Step out of the city life by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Ruins of the Church of Carthage). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and explore the galleries of Galeria Namu.

Start your trip to San Jose by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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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 25th (Sat): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning website.

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Galeria Estudio. Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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