11 days in Santa Teresa & San Jose Itinerary

11 days in Santa Teresa & San Jose Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Culiacan
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
1
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  2 h 45 min
2
San Jose
— 5 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Culiacan

3
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Santa Teresa and Barrigona Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Teresa: Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas), Montezuma Falls (in Montezuma) and Playa Quesera (in Paquera). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa travel route tool.

Culiacan, Mexico to Santa Teresa is an approximately 21- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Culiacan to Santa Teresa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Barrigona Beach, Tortuga Island, Montezuma Falls, Playa Quesera
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Zoo Ave and Museo de los Ninos. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, stop by Holalola Souvenir Shop, get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Santa Teresa to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Irazu Volcano National Park, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Poas Volcano, Zoo Ave
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos

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