21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Bocas Town, Isla Colon
ferry + Drive:  12​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Herradura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Bajos del Toro
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  22​h 30​min
Amsterdam

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary builder.

Bocas Town, Panama to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 12-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 32°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Nature Park Walk
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Uvita holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Parasailing & Paragliding
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and Meli Melo Boutique. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Palo Seco Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio itinerary builder.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Herradura.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Palo Seco Beach
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach

1
day
Herradura

On the 13th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Herradura Beach, and then stop by Dantica Gallery.

To find photos and tourist information, read Herradura vacation builder.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Herradura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Bajos del Toro.

Things to do in Herradura

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dantica Gallery ©
Dantica Gallery

2
days
Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro
On the 14th (Wed), get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metal Church. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Juan Castro Blanco National Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bajos del Toro custom trip planner.

Drive from Herradura to Bajos del Toro in 2.5 hours. February in Bajos del Toro sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bajos del Toro

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

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Poas Volcano, Metal Church
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Juan Castro Blanco National Park ©
Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Metal Church ©
Metal Church

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore hidden gems such as Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Los Lagos Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

Getting from Bajos del Toro to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde vacation builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Spas & Wellness
Arte Jaguar Gallery ©
Arte Jaguar Gallery

4
days
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tamarindo Beach and Potrero Beach. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Las Baulas National Marine Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Spas & Wellness (in Playa Potrero) and Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo vacation planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Potrero Beach, River Rafting & Tubing, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Las Baulas National Marine Park
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Las Baulas National Marine Park ©
Las Baulas National Marine Park

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