21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to San Jose, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

Walaba

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Punta Uva Beach and Nature Observatorio. Change things up with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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Uvita

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Uvita Beach and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Uvita vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio day trip planning website.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Relax by the water at Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and Off-Road Tours. Step out of Playa Samara to go to Nosara and see MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Playa Samara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pura Aventura. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

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.
On the 26th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, then relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience, and then catch some excitement at Liberia Airport Shuttle Service. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Lis Umana Beachwear.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Safaris. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.