23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Alajuela
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Alajuela
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Santa Teresa
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ojochal
— 4 nights
Drive
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Alajuela
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

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nights
Alajuela

Visiting Rio Celeste and Bijagua Ranas will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Alajuela: Sarchi (Mariposas Sarchi & La Carreta), Metal Church (in Grecia) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alajuela journey builder tool.

Montreal, Canada to Alajuela is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

La Fortuna de San Carlos is just a stone's throw from Alajuela. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Barrigona Beach and Playa Islita. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Tortuga Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Teresa: Wild Sun Rescue Center (in Cabuya), Montezuma (Horseback Riding Tours & Montezuma Falls) and Playa Quesera (in Paquera). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip builder site.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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nights
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.
Visit Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Uvita Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nahomi in Quepos (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita road trip website.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Uvita by ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ojochal.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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nights
Ojochal

Attractions like Cano Island and Playa Ventanas make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Kokopelli and San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa. Step out of Ojochal with an excursion to Las Cruces Biological Station in San Vito--about 2 hours away.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ojochal trip itinerary planner.

Ojochal is just a stone's throw from Uvita. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Ojochal

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Alajuela

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Souvenir Museum and then relax in the rural setting at Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Alajuela trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Ojochal to Alajuela takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

Museums · Shopping

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.