21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Jimenez
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Hermosa and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Kids will enjoy Playa Carmen and Playa Santa Teresa. Step out of Santa Teresa to go to Cabuya and see Isla de Cabuya, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and explore the galleries of Bri'ah Art Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa online trip builder.

Montreal, Canada to Santa Teresa is an approximately 13-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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Uvita

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Ventanas and Magic Ananda. Get out of town with these interesting Uvita side-trips: Quepos (Parque Nahomi & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Manuel Antonio). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary maker app.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Puerto Jimenez

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Attractions like Kayaking & Canoeing and Jagua Arts and Crafts make great kid-friendly stops.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Puerto Jimenez online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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Cahuita

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Cocles and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Escape the urban bustle at Cahuita National Park and Tarantulas Way. Change things up with these side-trips from Cahuita: Nature Observatorio (in Manzanillo) and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita & La Ceiba). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Bribri Talamanca.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cahuita road trip site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Jimenez to Cahuita takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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nights
San Jose

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Top Travel Costa Rica and Parque National Los Quetzales. Visiting Toucan Rescue Ranch and Rio savegre Waterfall will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Frogs Heaven (in Horquetas). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Cahuita to San Jose in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cahuita in August, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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.