10 days in San Jose, Monteverde & Playa Potrero Itinerary

10 days in San Jose, Monteverde & Playa Potrero Itinerary

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10 days in San Jose, Monteverde & Playa Potrero Itinerary

Montreal
Fly:  8​h 30​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Playa Potrero
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Montreal

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose tour planning tool .

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Montreal in March, with highs in San Jose at 31°C and lows at 22°C. You'll set off for Monteverde on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

#Breweries, #Museums, #Historic Sites

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Cathedral
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Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.
Cathedral ©
Cathedral

2
days
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by Souvenir Rosewood and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Playa Potrero.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Arte Jaguar Gallery ©
Arte Jaguar Gallery

4
days
Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero ©
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Conchal and San Juanillo Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Avellana and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Potrero: The Monkey Farm (in Playa Ocotal), Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts (in Playas del Coco) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa).

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Getting from Monteverde to Playa Potrero by car takes about 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Playa Potrero can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Playa Potrero

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Avellana, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, The Monkey Farm, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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day
San Jose

San Jose ©
On the 2nd (Mon), take a memorable drive along Valle Dorado.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose vacation builder .

You can drive from Playa Potrero to San Jose in 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Playa Potrero in April: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Scenic Drive
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
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