10 days in Province of Guanacaste & San Jose Itinerary

10 days in Province of Guanacaste & San Jose Itinerary

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10 days in Province of Guanacaste & San Jose Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h
1
Playa Negra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  3​h 30​min
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Liberia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Playa Negra

Playa Negra ©
For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Negra trip planner .

Newark, USA to Playa Negra is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Playa Negra. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in June; daily highs in Playa Negra reach 90°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Negra

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Avellana, San Juanillo Beach
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San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
Playa Samara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Kingfisher Sportfishing, then take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner .

You can drive from Playa Negra to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

2
nights
San Jose

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.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu and then explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Playa Samara to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Playa Samara in July: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 79°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Liberia.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Alajuela, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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Ruinas de Ujarras ©
Ruinas de Ujarras
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

3
nights
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 7th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Liberia trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Liberia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in July; daily highs in Liberia reach 91°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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