21 days in Costa Rica & Samara Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica & Samara Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica & Samara Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  13​h 45​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Guapiles, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Quepos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Ferry:  4​h
8
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
11
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  25​h
12
Samara, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Montreal, Canada

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder app .

Montreal, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cahuita trip maker.

Cahuita is very close to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. July in Cahuita sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

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Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

1
night
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 topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Guapiles.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

1
night
Guapiles, Costa Rica

Guapiles ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Caribbean Botanical Garden and then get outside with La Danta Salvaje.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Guapiles trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Guapiles in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Guapiles

Outdoors Parks

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

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool .

Drive from Guapiles to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow 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
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit 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 learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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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, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Quepos trip builder tool .

Getting from Monteverde to Quepos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the 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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night
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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa route maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Quepos to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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

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night
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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

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Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder site .

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 Parks 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
On the 4th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Samara.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Adventure Park Tarzaniya and Entertaining Sciences Museum Myobius. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Samara: Zhiguli State Natural Biosphere Reserve (in Bakhilova Polyana) and Tolyatti (Church of Saint Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow & Monument to Saint Nicholas). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Samara Embankment, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Buratino, have some family-friendly fun at Aеro Truba Samara, and head outdoors with Kin. Up.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Samara road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Poas Volcano National Park to Samara with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Samara Time (SAMT), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Samara are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Samara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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