22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner
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Fly
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco day trip app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playas del Coco is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Playas del Coco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Off-Road Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pura Aventura. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safari Adventures and Playa Manuel Antonio. Discover out-of-the-way places like Caribsea Sportfishing and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Rainmaker Park in Parrita, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.
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Uvita — 4 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.
Relax by the water at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Uvita Waterfall. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, see Off-Road Tours, and soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita online trip maker.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Bahia Drake and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay route builder website.

Drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 3 nights

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Punta Uva and Playa Cocles. Get in touch with nature at Nature Observatorio and Tarantulas Way. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Butterfly Conservatory. The adventure continues: stroll around Bogarin Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online holiday planner.

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 16th (Sun) early enough 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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