21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quebrada Grande
— 3 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Brussels

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Tabacon Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip app.

Brussels, Belgium to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Monteverde

— 4 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Catedral de Puntarenas and Sarah's Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Finca el Rodeo and Zipline. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Art House.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to International Animal Rescue Costa Rica and Playa Guiones. Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Body Mind Soul ~ Massage Yoga Wellness, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and The Empower Yourself Project. Get in touch with nature at Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. There's much more to do: stop by Lydia Beech Art Boutique, view the masterpieces at La Galeria Centro de Arte, and kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Playas del Coco

— 3 nights

Coco Beach

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.
Get some cultural insight at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Ocotal and Souvenir Ocarina. Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Liberia (Hidden Garden Art Gallery & Museo de Guanacaste). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Quebrada Grande

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some fun to your beach time Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Quebrada Grande attractions planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Quebrada Grande in 2 hours. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.