21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary planner

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Fly
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Playas del Coco
— 1 day
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 day
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Parrita
— 1 night
Drive
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Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carate
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco

— 1 day

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco online trip itinerary builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cerro Amigos, Forest Alive, Calypso Cruises, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): learn the secrets of production at Coffee Tour El Cafetal, join in the after-dark buzz at Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Viento Fresco Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, then whizz through the canopy at Monteverde Extremo Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Middle Earth Thermal Springs.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde sightseeing app.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Uvita

— 1 night
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 list of things to see and do now includes Nauyaca Waterfalls / Cataratas Nauyaca, Uvita Waterfall, Eco Chontales Waterfall, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, admire the sheer force of Catarata Bijagual, hike along Locos por el Bosque, admire the sheer force of Eco Chontales Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stroll through Dominicalito Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 day
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Termales Agua hermosa, Thermal Spas, Estukuru Chocolate Factory and Coffee Shop, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): head outdoors with Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, relax in the rural setting at Chocolate Sibaeli, then get behind the scenes at Estukuru Chocolate Factory and Coffee Shop, then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and finally get in on the family fun at Termales Agua hermosa.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip app.

You can drive from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then stop by Mercado Municipal. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cahuita trip site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In November in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll through Playa Punta Uva. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Cocles.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary website.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Cahuita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Liberia

— 2 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Adventure Air, Diria Coffee Tour, Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs, and other attractions. On the 17th (Sat), savor the flavors at Diria Coffee Tour and then take in the natural beauty of Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with Adventure Air and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Liberia in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Miravalles Volcano as well as Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. On the 19th (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Miravalles Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rio Negro Hot Springs. On the next day, get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja.

Plan a Rincon de La Vieja trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Rincon de La Vieja takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Parrita.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Parrita

— 1 night
Palo Seco Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park and then kick back and relax at Palo Seco Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Parrita trip website.

Traveling by car from Rincon de La Vieja to Parrita takes 4.5 hours. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Parrita

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You've added Dr Paradise Hot Springs, Thermal Spas, Aguas thermales, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Aguas thermales, take in the natural beauty of Eco Termales, see MidWorld Costa Rica, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally boost your wellbeing at Dr Paradise Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque Nahomi and then don't miss a visit to Marina Pez Vela.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Quepos online route planner.

Quepos is just a short distance from Parrita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Carate

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Ave Azul de la Osa.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carate online day trip planner.

Drive from Quepos to Carate in 5.5 hours. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Carate

Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.