21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
7
Monteverde
— 2 nights
8
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Samara Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, and then kick back and relax at Playa Islita. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip planning tool.

Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Playa Samara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

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Beach
Samara Beach
4.4

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Hermosa in Playa Hermosa, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

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1
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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 27th (Mon), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, then look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
4.9

2
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
On the 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Poas Volcano National Park to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

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Beach
Playa Cocles
4.5
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National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.8

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.
On the 30th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

4
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Proyecto Asis. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

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Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monteverde route planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

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Zipline
4.2

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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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita), Zipline (in Jaco) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online day trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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