21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
3
Uvita
— 5 nights
4
Montezuma
— 3 nights
5
San Jose
— 5 nights

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Cocles. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Nature Observatorio, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary builder website.

Montreal, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

2
nights
Tortuguero

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero day trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

5
nights
Uvita

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.
Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Waterskiing & Jetskiing will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Playa Ventanas. Change things up with these side-trips from Uvita: Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Osa Santuario de Animales (in Ciudad Cortes). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, stroll through Uvita Beach, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and explore the galleries of Magic Ananda.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Uvita in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Playa Ventanas, Kokopelli, Osa Santuario de Animales
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Hermosa and Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. Attractions like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Bri'ah Art Gallery make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and head off the coast to Isla de Cabuya.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Montezuma trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Uvita to Montezuma in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Toucan Rescue Ranch and Frogs Heaven. Get outdoors at Top Travel Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Ruins of the Church of Carthage (in Cartago), Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Parque Diversiones, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, and browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Montezuma to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. August in San Jose sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ruins of the Church of Carthage, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Frogs Heaven
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

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