25 days in New York City, San Jose & Jaco Itinerary

25 days in New York City, San Jose & Jaco Itinerary

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25 days in New York City, San Jose & Jaco Itinerary

Start: Keflavik, Iceland
plane:  6​h 30​min
1
New York City, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 15 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h
5
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
plane:  5​h 30​min
End: Keflavik, Iceland

1
night
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City day trip tool .

Keflavik, Iceland to New York City is an approximately 12-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Keflavik to New York City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Keflavik, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -1°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Jose.
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Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), then contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, and finally make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Jose in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in February, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Nightlife

Side Trip

Ruins of the Church of Carthage
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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Ruins of the Church of Carthage ©
Ruins of the Church of Carthage

15
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Linda. Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Jaco Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Jaco side-trips: Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este), Manuel Antonio (Spas & Playas Gemelas) and Quepos (Parque Nahomi & Playa Espadilla Norte). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Puntarenas, admire the sheer force of Catarata Bijagual, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip maker site .

You can drive from San Jose to Jaco in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Tarcoles Bridge, Catedral de Puntarenas, Playa Bejuco
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
On the 16th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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New York City, United States

New York City ©
Step off the beaten path and head to The Met Cloisters and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Enjoy New York City some more: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take a stroll through Greenwich Village, explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Joseph's Chapel Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the New York City online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Jose to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose in March, things will get cooler in New York City: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters

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