21 days in Costa Rica & Samara Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica & Samara Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Guapiles, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Quepos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Samara, Russia
— 4 nights

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning app.

Montreal, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cahuita trip website.

Cahuita is very close to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In July in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Guapiles.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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Guapiles, Costa Rica

Guapiles ©
On the 25th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Caribbean Botanical Garden and then get outside with La Danta Salvaje.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Guapiles trip builder app.

Drive from Tortuguero to Guapiles in 2 hours. In July in Guapiles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Guapiles

Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Caribbean Botanical Garden
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La Danta Salvaje ©
La Danta Salvaje
Caribbean Botanical Garden ©
Caribbean Botanical Garden

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Guapiles to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Arenal Eco Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Eco Zoo ©
Arenal Eco Zoo
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 29th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. On your second day here, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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Quepos, Costa Rica

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 31st (Fri), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Quepos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Quepos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Manuel Antonio
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Quepos to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get in on the family fun at Canopy Vista Tamarindo, then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo tour planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Canopy Vista Tamarindo ©
Canopy Vista Tamarindo

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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Samara.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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Samara, Russia

Samara ©
A city rich in cultural and architectural heritage, Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, its backdrop the wooded Zhiguli Mountains.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Samara Embankment and Galileo Park. Explore Samara's surroundings by going to Tolyatti (Church of Saint Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow & Monument to Saint Nicholas) and Zhiguli State Natural Biosphere Reserve (in Bakhilova Polyana). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Adventure Park Tarzaniya, have some family-friendly fun at Aеro Truba Samara, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture the Lady with the Racket, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Martyrs Faith.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Samara travel route builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Poas Volcano National Park to Samara. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Samara Standard Time (SAMT) is 10 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Samara

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tolyatti, Zhiguli State Natural Biosphere Reserve
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Galileo Park ©
Galileo Park
Chapaev monument ©
Chapaev monument

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