9 days in San Jose, Jaco & Playa Hermosa Itinerary

9 days in San Jose, Jaco & Playa Hermosa Itinerary

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9 days in San Jose, Jaco & Playa Hermosa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Precolumbian Gold Museum and Galeria Namu. Escape the urban bustle at Poas Volcano and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) (in Cartago), Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose travel itinerary 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to San Jose is 2 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Souvenir Museum, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

2
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then kick back and relax at Jaco Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jaco travel planner.

Getting from San Jose to Jaco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, Carara National Park
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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Rainmaker Park and then identify plant and animal life at Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playa Hermosa trip itinerary planner .

Playa Hermosa is just a short distance from Jaco. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Rainmaker Park
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Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge ©
Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

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