21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Tambor, Taxi to Playa Samara
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Montreal

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Playa Samara

— 2 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.
On the 22nd (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, then view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara road trip planning app.

Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.
Visit Potrero Beach and Playa Hermosa for some beach relaxation. Family-friendly places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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 28th (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Uvita

— 4 nights
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.
Attractions like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Ventanas make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Uvita Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, take a memorable tour with Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

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Ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
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 Walking tours will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Off-Road Tours in Jaco--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Safaris. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Senderos Los Tucanes. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online road trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.