9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Traveling from Toronto to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Spas
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
Santa Teresa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa visit planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Tortuguero to Santa Teresa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Tue), stroll through Barrigona Beach, then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Spas
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo route planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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