20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
4
Manzanillo
— 1 night
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 7 nights
6
Cahuita
— 1 night
7
Uvita
— 2 nights

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
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 28th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, thensee the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder tool.

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, thenview the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, hike along Senderos Los Tucanes, and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy, thenpaddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online visit 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. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You'll set off for Manzanillo on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
Manzanillo

Manzanillo ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nature Park Walk.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Manzanillo holiday planning app.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manzanillo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

7
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Puerto Viejo Beach. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and get outside with Nature Riders.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder site.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Manzanillo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cataratas Bribri Talamanca
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

1
night
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
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 11th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then stroll through Tarantulas Way.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cahuita trip planner.

Cahuita is just a stone's throw from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nahomi in Quepos (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Next up on the itinerary: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita travel route planner.

Drive from Cahuita to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Manuel Antonio, Parque Nahomi
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©

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