22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Taxi:  23 h 15 min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h
8
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
Visit Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. There's still lots to do: stop by Hummingbird Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip maker tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, stop by Papaya Con Leche, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner .

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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 10th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery and then kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Luluberlu Art Gallery ©
Luluberlu Art Gallery

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
On the 13th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

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Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Turrialba in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

4
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Ruinas de Ujarras. Let the collections at Galeria Namu and Museo de Arte Costarricense capture your imagination. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Poas Volcano in Poas Volcano National Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, and view the masterpieces at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Jose journey planning tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Poas Volcano
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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