21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

Make it your trip
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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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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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), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara day trip planning website.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Potrero Beach. Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and stop by Papaya Con Leche.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stop by Lis Umana Beachwear, and then get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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 outdoors at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Wilberth Stables. Attractions like Venado Caves and Safaris make great kid-friendly stops. It doesn't end there: stroll through Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder site.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Punta Uva Beach and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Explore hidden gems such as Nature Observatorio and Playa Cocles. There's more to do: pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 6 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Escape the urban bustle at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Walking tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Uvita (Uvita Waterfall, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.