21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  11 h 15 min
1
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
3
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

4
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.
Visit Playa Hermosa and Potrero Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Off-Road Tours. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Playas del Coco, approximately Playas del Coco away. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Monkey Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, River Rafting & Tubing, Playa Hermosa, Potrero Beach
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Santa Teresa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore the galleries of Bri'ah Art Gallery.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Uvita

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.
Visiting Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Uvita Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita journey planner.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Uvita by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Rainmaker Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Jaco and see Off-Road Tours, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online visit planner .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Off-Road Tours, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Safaris. Step off the beaten path and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Safaris
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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