21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 4 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
Toronto

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and get great views at Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco visit planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in February; daily highs in Playas del Coco reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
days
Santa Teresa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then admire all the interesting features of Sunrise Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Montezuma, Sunrise Ranch
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Parrita and see Rainmaker Park, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

4
days
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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Hacienda Baru. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool .

Getting from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Monteverde day trip website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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