8 days in San Jose & Liberia Itinerary

8 days in San Jose & Liberia Itinerary

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8 days in San Jose & Liberia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  9​h
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Liberia
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in January, with highs in San Jose at 78°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

4
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Palo Verde National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and look for gifts at Nahua.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Liberia tour planner .

Getting from San Jose to Liberia by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Rio Celeste, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park

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