9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+2
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
Fly:  7​h
End: Montreal

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca visit website .

Montreal, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll gain 1 hour 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
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, and then stroll through Uvita Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uvita vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

1
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, look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo journey planning site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Cata Chocolate. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip planning site .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

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

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