22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
San Jose
— 3 nights
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
4
Jaco
— 3 nights
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Iglesia La Soledad. Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Cocles and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Punta Uva Beach. There's more to do: stroll through Nature Observatorio and browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
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 Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Skydive Costa Rica. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Pineapple Tours in Dominical, approximately Dominical away. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Uvita Waterfall
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Pineapple Tours ©
Pineapple Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Carara National Park and Dragin Fly Fishing Charters. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Jungle Crocodile Safari. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers, and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Dragin Fly Fishing Charters, Carara National Park
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Jungle Crocodile Safari ©
Jungle Crocodile Safari
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Ecological Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde travel route builder site.

Take a shuttle from Jaco to Monteverde in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

6
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Bogarin Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Paradise Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planning tool.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. You will leave for home on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 30:
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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