23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
Alajuela
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
3
Santa Teresa
— 7 nights
4
Uvita
— 5 nights
5
Ojochal
— 4 nights
6
Alajuela
— 1 night

2
nights
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Visiting Rio Celeste and Bijagua Ranas will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Alajuela: Metal Church (in Grecia), Sarchi (Mariposas Sarchi & La Carreta) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alajuela journey builder tool.

Montreal, Canada to Alajuela is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Sarchi, Rio Celeste, Bijagua Ranas, Metal Church, Laberinto de Katira
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Mariposas Sarchi ©
Mariposas Sarchi

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

La Fortuna de San Carlos is just a stone's throw from Alajuela. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

7
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Barrigona Beach and Playa Santa Teresa. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Teresa: Wild Sun Rescue Center (in Cabuya), Montezuma (Horseback Riding Tours & Montezuma Falls) and Playa Quesera (in Paquera). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Islita, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and step off the mainland to explore Tortuga Island.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Montezuma, Tortuga Island, Playa Islita, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Playa Quesera
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

5
nights
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.
Visit Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Uvita Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Venture out of the city with trips to Quepos (Parque Nahomi & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's lots more to do: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, get interesting insight from Tours, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ojochal.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Quepos, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Ojochal

Ojochal ©
Attractions like Cano Island and San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Kokopelli and Locos por el Bosque. Step out of Ojochal with an excursion to Las Cruces Biological Station in San Vito--about 2 hours away.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ojochal trip planner.

Ojochal is just a stone's throw from Uvita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Ojochal

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Locos por el Bosque, Las Cruces Biological Station, San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa, Kokopelli, Playa Ventanas
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Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Locos por el Bosque ©
Locos por el Bosque

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Souvenir Museum and then relax in the rural setting at Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Alajuela trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Ojochal to Alajuela takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

Museums · Shopping
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Souvenir Museum ©
Souvenir Museum
Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm ©
Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm

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