21 days in Costa Rica & Samara Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica & Samara Itinerary

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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Guapiles, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Quepos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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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
— 2 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Samara, Russia
— 4 nights

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Jose attractions planner.

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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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 23rd (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero vacation maker tool.

Drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tortuguero when traveling from San Jose in July, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cahuita trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to Cahuita by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Guapiles.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Cocles
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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Guapiles, Costa Rica

Guapiles ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Caribbean Botanical Garden and then head outdoors with La Danta Salvaje.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Guapiles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Guapiles takes 2.5 hours. July in Guapiles sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can 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

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.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Guapiles to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Safaris
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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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 28th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
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 29th (Wed), stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, then get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Quepos trip itinerary planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours

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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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.
On the 31st (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder site.

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 your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, explore the activities along Potrero Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and then look for gifts at Buena Nena.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Potrero Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Off-Road Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, then stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park vacation site.

You can fly from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi 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

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Samara Embankment and Stalin's Bunker. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Galileo Park and Chapaev monument. Venture out of the city with trips to Tolyatti (Park Complex of Equipment History Named After K.G. Sakharov, Italian Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Monument to Grigoriy Zasekin, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Mayakovskiy, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Samara Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at A.Tolstoy's Memorial Estate.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Samara trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Poas Volcano National Park to Samara with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Poas Volcano National Park to Samara is 10 hours. In August in Samara, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Samara

Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Tolyatti
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Galileo Park ©
Galileo Park
Chapaev monument ©
Chapaev monument

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