21 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
3
Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  11 h 15 min
4
Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
5
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Montreal, Canada

4
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Potrero Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo vacation planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Hermosa, Potrero Beach
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Family-friendly places like Butterfly Conservatory and Safaris will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Venado Caves and Paradise Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with Arenal Wilberth Stables, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves
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Safaris
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
Bocas Town, Panama

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Plastic Bottle Village and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then make a trip to Playa Bluff.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bocas Town by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bocas Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cahuita.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Bluff
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas
Plastic Bottle Village ©
Plastic Bottle Village

2
nights
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Punta Uva Beach and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Escape the urban bustle at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Tarantulas Way. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Cocles and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cahuita road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bocas Town to Cahuita. Traveling from Bocas Town to Cahuita, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bocas Town in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cahuita, with highs around 34°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

3
nights
Uvita, Costa Rica

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Step out of the city life by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. Take a break from Uvita with a short trip to Walking tours in Manuel Antonio, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Uvita trip simple and quick.

Getting from Cahuita to Uvita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Walking tours, Playa Ventanas, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Walking tours
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Kids will enjoy Off-Road Tours and Photography Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Step out of San Jose to go to Tarcoles and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, and indulge your taste buds at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Off-Road Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Off-Road Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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