21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly + Taxi:  9 h 45 min
1
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. On the next day, stroll through SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara online tour itinerary planner .

Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Playa Samara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Nosara
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Off-Road Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Potrero Beach in Playa Potrero, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and stroll through Monkey Park.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Potrero Beach
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stop by Lis Umana Beachwear, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip planning app .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Visiting Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Venado Caves will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves
Highlights from your plan
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Safaris
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature Observatorio and Spas. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip app .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

6
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Osa Santuario de Animales (in Ciudad Cortes) and Uvita (Uvita Waterfall, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, and take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Uvita, Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Playa Ventanas, Osa Santuario de Animales
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Walking tours

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