21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Herradura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Drake Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Ljubljana

2
nights
Herradura

Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Jimmy T's Provisions, explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Croclandia & The American Crocodile Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Herradura route builder app .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Herradura is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Herradura due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Herradura

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Carara National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Jimmy T's Provisions ©
Jimmy T's Provisions

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Rainmaker Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally shop like a local with The Captain's Booty.

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Getting from Herradura to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Uvita

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Nauyaca Waterfalls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballena, Dominical
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Drake Bay

On the 15th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Josecito and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay road trip tool .

You can drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio, relax in the rural setting at Chocorart, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Ceiba, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey builder website .

You can drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Step out of the city life by going to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Venado Caves. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cano Negro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cano Negro trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Zipline. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Rincon de La Vieja National Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playas del Coco: Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria (in Liberia) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cano Negro to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Liberia, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Pura Aventura. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and stop by Papaya Con Leche.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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