9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
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Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  13 h 45 min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): 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 kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online attractions planner.

Montreal, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

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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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, then view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Uvita day trip planning site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Horseback Riding Tours
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then stop by EK Art Jewelry, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Tamarindo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip maker website.

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 by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling

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