21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
2
Uvita
— 4 nights
3
Puerto Jimenez
— 3 nights
4
Cahuita
— 4 nights
5
San Jose
— 5 nights

3
nights
Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Hermosa and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Kids will enjoy Playa Santa Teresa and Bri'ah Art Gallery. Step out of Santa Teresa to go to Cabuya and see Isla de Cabuya, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa online trip builder.

Montreal, Canada to Santa Teresa is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Isla de Cabuya
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Spas & Wellness
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Uvita, make a side trip to see Parque Nahomi in Quepos, approximately Quepos away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, and view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uvita itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Playa Ventanas, Parasailing & Paragliding, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Parasailing & Paragliding
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Attractions like Osa Wildlife Sanctuary and Jagua Arts and Crafts make great kid-friendly stops.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Puerto Jimenez online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Cocles and Tarantulas Way. Escape the urban bustle at Cahuita National Park and La Ceiba. Go for a jaunt from Cahuita to Manzanillo to see Nature Observatorio about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the sheer force of Cataratas Bribri Talamanca.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cahuita trip planner.

Drive from Puerto Jimenez to Cahuita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Cataratas Bribri Talamanca, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Top Travel Costa Rica and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park. Visiting Toucan Rescue Ranch and Rio savegre Waterfall will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Parque National Los Quetzales (in San Gerardo de Dota) and Frogs Heaven (in Horquetas). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Jose sightseeing planner.

Drive from Cahuita to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cahuita in August; daily highs in San Jose reach °C and lows reach °C. 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

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

San Gerardo de Dota, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Frogs Heaven, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Highlights from your plan
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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