13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Quepos
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Playa Ocotal
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
5
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Montezuma
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Quepos vacation trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Quepos is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Quepos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July: high temperatures in Quepos hover around 79°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Quepos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 8th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery and then kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation builder.

You can drive from Quepos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Quepos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Traveling from Quepos in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 78°F in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nature Park Walk
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ecological Sanctuary and Paradise Hot Springs. For shopping fun, head to Arte Jaguar Gallery or Souvenir Rosewood.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Playa Ocotal.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Monteverde
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

few
hours
Playa Ocotal

Playa Ocotal
To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Playa Ocotal vacation planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Ocotal in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. On the 13th (Thu), you're off toPlaya Hermosa.

Things to do in Playa Ocotal

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at El Viejo Wetlands. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Hermosa itinerary maker.

Playa Hermosa is very close to Playa Ocotal. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Montezuma.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

1
night
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Color, then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Montezuma vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Montezuma in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Wildlife Spas
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