9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Cahuita
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Manzanillo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
New York City

2
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.
On the 9th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

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New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, San Jose is warmer than New York City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in San Jose

#Breweries, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins ©
Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins

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hours
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
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Traveling by car from San Jose to Cahuita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Wildlife
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1
day
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.
To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planner .

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is very close to Cahuita. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manzanillo.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife
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1
day
Manzanillo

Manzanillo
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Manzanillo is just a short distance from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manzanillo

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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2
days
San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metal Church and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Manzanillo to San Jose takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Manzanillo to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Breweries

Side Trips

Ruins of the Church of Carthage, Metal Church, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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