22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lisbon to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:

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.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Tortuguero online day trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. On your second day here, stroll through Tarantulas Way and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Cahuita fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Vara Blanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Tamarindo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

Monteverde

— 3 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and experience the excitement of El Trapiche Tour.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:

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.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's much more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, kick back and relax at Jaco Beach, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.