21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Montreal
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Cahuita
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
San Jose
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Montreal

4
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Bring the kids along to Tamarindo Beach and Playa Guiones. Take a break from the city and head to Samara Beach and Playa Buena Vista. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Avellana (in Playa Avellanas), Tamarindo (Azul Profundo Boutique & Monkey Park) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara road trip site.

Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Playa Samara is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Playa Guiones, Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

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.
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, thenget to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monteverde tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll through Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Frogs Heaven.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

La Virgen, Frogs Heaven
Highlights from your plan
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Frogs Heaven ©
Frogs Heaven

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 2nd (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tortuguero vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui to Tortuguero takes 2.5 hours. In August in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Family-friendly places like Puerto Viejo Beach and Punta Uva Beach will thrill your kids. Visiting Cahuita National Park and Playa Cocles will get you outdoors. When in Cahuita, make a side trip to see Nature Observatorio in Manzanillo, approximately Manzanillo away. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cahuita tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Cahuita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

5
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Zipline and Jade Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Poas Volcano and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Mirador de Jaco (in Jaco) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Top Travel Costa Rica, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Jose online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, San Jose is a bit cooler than Cahuita - with highs of 32°C and lows of 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 Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Zipline

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