23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation builder

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to Alajuela
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Alajuela
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Santa Teresa
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ojochal
— 4 nights
Drive
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Alajuela
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Montreal

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Alajuela

— 2 nights
Visiting Rio Celeste and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Alajuela: Sarchi (Mariposas Sarchi & La Carreta), Laberinto de Katira (in Katira) and Metal Church (in Grecia).

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Alajuela trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Alajuela is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Montreal to Alajuela, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

La Fortuna de San Carlos is just a stone's throw from Alajuela. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Santa Teresa

— 7 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Barrigona Beach and Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Santa Teresa and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Teresa: Playa Quesera (in Paquera), Montezuma (Horseback Riding Tours & Montezuma Falls) and Wild Sun Rescue Center (in Cabuya). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Islita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Uvita

— 5 nights
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.
Visit Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Uvita Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Uvita Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Manuel Antonio) and Parque Nahomi (in Quepos). There's lots more to do: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ojochal.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Ojochal

— 4 nights
Attractions like Cano Island and Playa Ventanas make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Kokopelli and Locos por el Bosque. Step out of Ojochal with an excursion to Las Cruces Biological Station in San Vito--about 2 hours away.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ojochal driving holiday planning site.

Ojochal is just a stone's throw from Uvita. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Ojochal

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Alajuela

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Souvenir Museum and then relax in the rural setting at Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Alajuela trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Ojochal to Alajuela takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

Museums · Shopping

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.