8 days in San Jose & Playa Samara Itinerary

8 days in San Jose & Playa Samara Itinerary

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8 days in San Jose & Playa Samara Itinerary

San Salvador
bus + Drive + Fly:  5​h
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
San Salvador

4
days
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.
For shopping fun, head to Galeria Namu or Chieton Moren. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Precolumbian Gold Museum. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Ruins of the Church of Carthage (in Cartago), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker site .

San Salvador, El Salvador to San Jose is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus, car, and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Salvador in February, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Playa Samara.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Cartago, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano, Souvenir Museum
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3
days
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Nosara (Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, & more), Tamarindo Beach (in Tamarindo) and Pura Aventura (in El Guapote). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Samara Beach and stroll through Barrigona Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from San Jose to Playa Samara by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in February, with highs in Playa Samara at 39°C and lows at 25°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Pura Aventura, Tamarindo Beach
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

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