21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
8
Playa Samara
— 2 nights

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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca holiday maker site.

Montreal, Canada to Vara Blanca is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

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Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.9

4
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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online holiday planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
4.7
Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

1
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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero tour itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

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 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca using our trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.8

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, get interesting insight from Tours, and browse the exhibits of The Captain's Booty.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

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3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kids will enjoy Zipline and The Bat Jungle. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and admire the sheer force of Catarata Los Murcielagos - Monteverde Waterfall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
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Must see
Zipline
4.2

3
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Family-friendly places like Playa Conchal and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates will thrill your kids. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Hermosa in Playa Hermosa, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stroll through Monkey Park, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip website.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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2
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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 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

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Beach
Samara Beach
4.4

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