13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Panama City
Drive:  9​h 30​min
Quepos
— 2 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
Gulf of Papagayo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Escazu
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 15​min
Panama City

2
days
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, then stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Quepos road trip planning website .

Panama City, Panama to Quepos is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Quepos. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Quepos

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

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

2
days
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 combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. 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, Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

4
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of the city life by going to Tamarindo Beach and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Attractions like Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Nosara to see Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, soothe aching muscles at SER Om Shanti Yoga Studio, and explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura.

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You can fly from Gulf of Papagayo to Tamarindo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
day
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 do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Escazu.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

1
day
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

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trips

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

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