13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Panama City
Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Quepos
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h 30​min
2
Gulf of Papagayo
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Escazu
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h
End: Panama City

2
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You've now added Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Tue), kick your exploration up a notch at Hacienda Baru and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique, then stop by House of Cigars, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Quepos trip planner .

Panama City, Panama to Quepos is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Panama City to Quepos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Palo Seco Beach
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach

3
nights
Gulf of Papagayo

Gulf of Papagayo ©
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya and then see Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gulf of Papagayo holiday builder tool .

Getting from Quepos to Gulf of Papagayo by bus takes about 7.5 hours. On the 7th (Sun), you'll travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors Golf Beaches

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Souvenirs La gran Nicoya
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Attractions like Tamarindo Beach and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) make great kid-friendly stops. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary in Nosara, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, stop by Diamante Boutique, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and relax and rejuvenate at SER Om Shanti Yoga Studio.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo day trip planning website .

Take a bus from Gulf of Papagayo to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Conchal
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa travel route planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Escazu.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

1
night
Escazu

Escazu ©
Escazú, officially San Miguel de Escazú, is the capital city of the canton of Escazú in the province of San José in Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at ZENfit 506, see the interesting displays at INBioparque, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Escazu trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Escazu in 5.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Escazu

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, ZENfit 506, INBioparque, Tirimbina Biological Reserve
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Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
ZENfit 506 ©
ZENfit 506
Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora ©
Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora

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