21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Fly

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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Paradise Hot Springs. Step off the beaten path and head to Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cahuita.
Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors
Side Trips

Cahuita — 2 nights

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 17th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Viejo. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cahuita tour planning tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In November in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip

Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step off the beaten path and head to Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop. There's still lots to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.
Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trip

San Jose — 2 nights

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in San Jose sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jaco.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

Jaco — 2 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 24th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Bejuco and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palo Seco Beach. On your second day here, ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Jaco vacation website.

You can drive from San Jose to Jaco in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
Side Trips

Santa Teresa — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Playas del Coco on the 28th (Sun).
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Playas del Coco — 4 nights

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 get in some beach time at San Juanillo Beach and Playa Hermosa. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Playa Conchal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playas del Coco: Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero) and Playa Avellana (in Playa Avellanas). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

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.