11 days in San Jose & Playa Hermosa Itinerary

11 days in San Jose & Playa Hermosa Itinerary

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11 days in San Jose & Playa Hermosa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + shuttle + bus:  2​h 45​min
Playa Hermosa
— 7 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
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 18th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to San Jose. In February, San Jose is much hotter than Vancouver - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in San Jose

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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7
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Avellana and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Nacascolo. Venture out of the city with trips to Liberia (Church of La Ermita La Agonia & Zipline), Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (El Viejo Wetlands & Llanos de Cortez Waterfall) and Pura Aventura (in El Guapote).

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Hermosa attractions planning website .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from San Jose to Playa Hermosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In February, Playa Hermosa is a bit warmer than San Jose - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Liberia, Playas del Coco, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Avellana
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central) and then wander the streets of Multiplaza.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Playa Hermosa to San Jose by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Playa Hermosa in February, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 21°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Multiplaza
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Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)

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