21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
Playas del Coco
— 1 day
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
3
Uvita
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 day
5
Cahuita
— 2 nights
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
7
Liberia
— 2 nights
8
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
9
Parrita
— 1 night
10
Quepos
— 2 nights
11
Carate
— 2 nights

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day
Playas del Coco

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.
To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco online trip itinerary builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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night
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cerro Amigos, Forest Alive, Calypso Cruises, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): learn the secrets of production at Coffee Tour El Cafetal, join in the after-dark buzz at Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Viento Fresco Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, then whizz through the canopy at Monteverde Extremo Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Middle Earth Thermal Springs.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde sightseeing app.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Calypso Cruises, Middle Earth Thermal Springs, San Luis Waterfall, Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour ©
Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour
Forest Alive ©
Forest Alive

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nauyaca Waterfalls - Horseback Riding Tours, Uvita Waterfall, Eco Chontales Waterfall, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, admire the sheer force of Catarata Bijagual, hike along Locos por el Bosque, admire the sheer force of Eco Chontales Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stroll through Dominicalito Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Perez Zeledon, Catarata Bijagual, Locos por el Bosque, Playa Ventanas
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve ©
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Termales Agua hermosa, Thermal Spas, Estukuru Chocolate Factory and Coffee Shop, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get interesting insight from Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, relax in the rural setting at Chocolate Sibaeli, then get behind the scenes at Estukuru Chocolate Factory and Coffee Shop, then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and finally get in on the family fun at Termales Agua hermosa.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip app.

You can drive from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Thermal Spas, Chocolate Sibaeli, Termales Agua hermosa, Catarata Del Toro Adventures
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Canoa Aventura ©
Canoa Aventura
Ecoterra Costa Rica ©
Ecoterra Costa Rica

2
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Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then stop by Mercado Municipal. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cahuita trip site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car 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 by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Puerto Limon
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Mercado Municipal ©
Mercado Municipal

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll through Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Cocles.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary website.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Cahuita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
nights
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Adventure Air, Diria Coffee Tour, Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs, and other attractions. On the 17th (Sat), savor the flavors at Diria Coffee Tour and then take in the natural beauty of Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with Adventure Air and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Liberia in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Diria Coffee Tour, Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs ©
Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs
Diria Coffee Tour ©
Diria Coffee Tour

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nights
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Anita Rainforest Chocolate Tour, Miravalles Volcano and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. On the 19th (Mon), get impressive views of Miravalles Volcano and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs. On the next day, get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park and then indulge your taste buds at La Anita Rainforest Chocolate Tour.

Plan my trip to Rincon de La Vieja with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Liberia to Rincon de La Vieja in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Parrita.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Miravalles Volcano, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Tenorio National Park
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
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Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

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Parrita

Parrita ©
Palo Seco Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park and then kick back and relax at Palo Seco Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Parrita trip website.

Traveling by car from Rincon de La Vieja to Parrita takes 4.5 hours. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Parrita

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Bejuco
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach

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nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You've added Dr Paradise Hot Springs, Thermal Spas, Aguas thermales, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Aguas thermales, take in the natural beauty of Eco Termales, see MidWorld Costa Rica, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally boost your wellbeing at Dr Paradise Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque Nahomi and then don't miss a visit to Marina Pez Vela.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Quepos online route planner.

Quepos is just a short distance from Parrita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Aguas thermales, Dr Paradise Hot Springs, Thermal Spas
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Dr Paradise Hot Springs ©
Dr Paradise Hot Springs

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Carate

Carate
On the 26th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Ave Azul de la Osa.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carate online day trip planner.

Drive from Quepos to Carate in 4.5 hours. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Carate

Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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