22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
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Playa Flamingo
— 9 nights
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San Jose
— 1 day
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): wander the streets of Multiplaza and then get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Jose holiday planner.

Berlin, Germany to San Jose is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Berlin to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Adventures and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio attractions planning tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Paradise Hot Springs. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the galleries of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
On the 18th (Tue), get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Sensoria Land of Senses.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Rincon de La Vieja takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
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Playa Flamingo

— 9 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Conchal and Prieta Beach. Visiting Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Garra de Leon Golf Course will get you outdoors. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park. There's lots more to do: stop by WAKE Day Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potrero Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and browse the handmade items at Sage Brush Art Studio.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Playa Flamingo vacation builder.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Playa Flamingo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 28:

San Jose

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll around Parque La Sabana.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose holiday builder site.

You can fly from Playa Flamingo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:
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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.