21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
4
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Montreal

2
nights
Playa Samara

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, thenview the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara road trip planning app.

Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visit Playa Hermosa and Potrero Beach for some beach relaxation. Family-friendly places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Hermosa, Potrero Beach
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
nights
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 28th (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, thenview the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

4
nights
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.
Attractions like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Ventanas make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Uvita Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Playa Manuel Antonio and Parasailing & Paragliding will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Off-Road Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Zukia Art Gallery (in Jaco) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

5
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and hike along Senderos Los Tucanes.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online road trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Safaris
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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