25 days in Costa Rica & New York City Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica & New York City Itinerary

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25 days in Costa Rica & New York City Itinerary

Start: Keflavik, Iceland
plane:  6 h 30 min
1
New York City, United States
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6 h
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 12 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Atenas, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
plane:  3 h 30 min
End: Keflavik, Iceland

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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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New York City sightseeing planning website.

Keflavik, Iceland to New York City is an approximately 12- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. When traveling from Keflavik in February, plan for a bit warmer days in New York City, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in New York City

Nightlife Parks Tours
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3
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): see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and then make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary app.

Getting from New York City to San Jose by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, San Jose is warmer than New York City - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Nightlife Historic Sites
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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez ©
Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez

12
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Jaco Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Palo Seco Beach and Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. When in Jaco, make a side trip to see Playas Gemelas in Manuel Antonio, approximately Manuel Antonio away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers, browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jaco trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Jaco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Atenas.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Palo Seco Beach
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playas Gemelas ©
Playas Gemelas
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

3
nights
Atenas, Costa Rica

Atenas
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Atenas trip builder website.

You can drive from Jaco to Atenas in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Atenas are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Atenas

Parks Outdoors Tours
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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose
To find out how to plan a trip to San Jose, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Atenas to San Jose in an hour. Traveling from Atenas in March, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. You will leave for New York City on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Explore New York City further: visit Times Square and take a stroll through Lower Manhattan.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Jose to New York City in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to New York City is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Jose in March, with highs in New York City at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Neighborhoods
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Times Square ©
Times Square
Lower Manhattan ©
Lower Manhattan

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