21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Calgary
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  11 h 30 min
1
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Jaco
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Calgary

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery and then examine the collection at Museo de Guanacaste.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Liberia trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Liberia is 1 hour. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Museums Shopping
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Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery
Museo de Guanacaste ©
Museo de Guanacaste

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Fortuna Waterfall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. There's much more to do: Head underground at Venado Caves, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Souvenir Leo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

3
nights
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.
Head to Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shopfor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Espadilla Norte and Playa Matapalo. There's lots more to do: do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and surround yourself with nature on Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Mulguri Adventure ©
Mulguri Adventure
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 1st (Thu), ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and then kick back and relax at Palo Seco Beach. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Neo Fauna CR and then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Jaco trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Palo Seco Beach, Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Zipline
Neo Fauna CR ©
Neo Fauna CR

2
nights
Monteverde

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 3rd (Sat): get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and then stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Monteverde attractions planner.

You can take a shuttle from Jaco to Monteverde in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of the city life by going to San Juanillo Beach and Tamarindo Beach. Lydia Beech Art Boutique and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY will appeal to museum buffs. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. There's lots more to do: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, San Juanillo Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY
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San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique

4
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Head to Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and Sea Hag Clothingfor plenty of shopping. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Hermosa and Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. There's lots more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, cast your line with a fishing tour, visit Playa Ocotal, and get outside with Crazy Alex CR.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving

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