Costa Rica Itinerary – San Jose, Quepos, National Park

I had long wanted to go to Costa Rica but always figured I should go to attend some yoga retreat, vegan cooking workshop, or beachside music festival. However, due to some fantastic flight deals and a week free, I decided to just go. I’m so glad I did as it really is a special place worthy of many repeat visits.

Day 1 – 3 I started in San Jose where I met up with a fellow vegan yoga enthusiast for a yoga class, lunch at a vegan restaurant, and a lot of walking and talking. We had a great day walking all over the San Jose city center. We ate at a restaurant that I now believe is Mantras veggie restaurant and later had a drink at a restaurant in a trendy area. I enjoyed wandering around San Jose and checking out the local fruit markets.

The next day I took a guided bus tour of San Jose and saw some sites including museums, the theatre, the stadium, and various neighborhoods.

DAY – 4 San Jose to Quepos Puntarenas takes almost 3 hours and 164 km. The bus tickets are less than $20 US and the bus station is located in central San Jose. There are frequent buses that leave daily and weekly as Quepos is bustling town on its own but also the gateway to Manuel Antonio National park.

Quepos is an interesting place Full or half day city tours. So many choices. A free or previously booked walking tour or a guided tour with bus that takes you to all the major sites.

DAY – 3 Day trip to the Arenal volcano area, wildlife rescue center, or the Monteverde cloud forest.

Another option: San Jose has some great Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants. If you don’t want to take a day trip as you will be going to Manuel Antonio the next day, I highly suggest grabbing a coffee, a map, and wandering around the city in search of vegan/veg restaurants. You won’t be disappointed.

DAY – 4 San Jose to Quepos/Manuel Antonio National Park. This bus trip is about 4 hours away from San Jose. Whether your accommodation is in Quepos or Manuel Antonio National Park, you can easily walk or take a taxi from the the bus station. Depending on where you are staying and what time you arrive. Check into your accommodation and take a walk. There are plenty of shops and restaurants.


DAY – 5 Hit the beach or take a tour. Take a guided tour of the National park to see sloths, monkeys and a whole host of birds and more.

Or head on down to a day at the beach. Swim, surf lessons, whale watching excursions.

Or ziplining, hiking, yoga, or souvenir shopping.


DAY – 6 Do it all again! Or whatever you didn’t do yesterday.


DAY – 7 Quick tour around Quepos. If you didn’t already venture out, there is a Marina with some nice restaurants and shops in Quepos. As well, there are some great places for breakfast or tasty Costa Rican coffee.

Quepos to San Jose bus.

Last night in San Jose.


DAY – 8 Say adios y gracias por la pura vida! time to fly home.

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