12 days in San Jose, Sarapiqui & San Gerardo de Dota Itinerary

12 days in San Jose, Sarapiqui & San Gerardo de Dota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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La Virgen
— 3 nights
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San Gerardo de Dota
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 2 nights
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 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Galeria Namu.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online journey maker.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Toronto to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in April: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Virgen.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping

La Virgen

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Frogs Heaven (in Horquetas) and Vara Blanca (La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens & Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz).

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read La Virgen trip builder.

Drive from San Jose to La Virgen in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in La Virgen

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

San Gerardo de Dota

— 3 nights
San Gerardo de Dota is known for nature, parks, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Chirripo National Park, look for gifts at Dantica Gallery, stroll through Batsu, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque National Los Quetzales.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Gerardo de Dota day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Virgen to San Gerardo de Dota takes 4 hours. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights
On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then stroll around Parque La Sabana, and then revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip builder website.

Traveling by car from San Gerardo de Dota to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors

Sarapiqui travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Zoos · Kayaking & Canoeing