21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Punta Arenas
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  17​h 15​min
London

2
days
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.
On the 18th (Sun), stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

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London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Monteverde is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Punta Arenas.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
day
Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano.

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Drive from Monteverde to Punta Arenas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Uvita.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Beaches, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

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Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano
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3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hacienda Baru and Uvita Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uvita tour itinerary site .

Getting from Punta Arenas to Uvita by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

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Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

2
days
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.
On the 24th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio vacation tool .

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

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Zipline
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3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Butterfly Conservatory and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Los Lagos Hot Springs. It doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
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 29th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chiquita and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

1
day
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Vara Blanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

2
days
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then get your game on at Eskina Skate Parq, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nosara holiday website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Nosara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Vara Blanca in April, expect Nosara to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Nosara

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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Horseback Riding Tours

2
days
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 4th (Wed): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then kick back and relax at Potrero Beach. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Playas del Coco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

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Potrero Beach, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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