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
Fly + Taxi:  9 h 45 min
1
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
4
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

2
nights
Playa Samara

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, then browse the exhibits of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Playa Samara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Nosara
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Hermosa and Potrero Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, get interesting insight from Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo route site .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or 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

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Potrero Beach, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Tue), find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of the city life by going to Uvita Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Horseback Riding Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Parque Nahomi. Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Off-Road Tours & Zukia Art Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio planning app .

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

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours

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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Safaris. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Safaris
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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