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Top Day Trips From San Jose

By Viator, January 2018

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After experiencing the culture of San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, it’s time to venture out to the rainforests, beaches, and wildlife found in the rest of the country. Here are your options for day tours from San Jose.

Irazu Volcano — 35 miles (55 kilometers) from San Jose
Take a day tour from San Jose to the Orosi Valley and see the tallest volcano in the country and the charming colonial town of Orosi. Enjoy the nearby botanical gardens and waterfalls, or use the area as a base for white-water rafting on the Pacuare River.

Tortuguero National Park — 55 miles (90 kilometers) from San Jose
Take a boat tour down the freshwater rivers and through dense jungle at this peaceful national park, home to the nesting grounds of the Costa Rican green sea turtle. The area is known for rich biodiversity, including colorful plants and wildlife such as monkeys, frogs, and birds.

Arenal Volcano National Park — 90 miles (145 kilometers) from San Jose
The active Arenal Volcano towers above much of this scenic national park, often emitting puffs of smoke and showing other signs of volcanic activity. Natural hot springs, waterfalls, and hiking trails around the base make for an adventurous and a relaxing day in nature and are often combined on guided tours. Coffee plantations and coffee tours are also available along the way.

Manuel Antonio National Park — 105 miles (170 kilometers) from San Jose
Get a dose of rainforest adventure alongside some of the most beautiful beaches in Central America at this stunning national park on a day trip from San Jose. See birds, monkeys, and sloths on a guided nature hike, feel the rush on a canopy tour, or relax on the sand and take in the views from this renowned spot on the Pacific coast.

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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose, San Jose, null
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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

Don’t miss out on one of Costa Rica’s most popular activities — an Arenal Volcano and Tabacón hot springs tour! The day trip from San Jose includes a ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.00
Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose

4.5 star rating: Recommended 81 Reviews

Spend a day exploring one of Costa Rica's most beautiful attractions on a guided full day tour from San Jose. Visit Manuel Antonio National Park, a stunning ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Costa Rica Day Trip from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Costa Rica Day Trip from San Jose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 227 Reviews

Take advantage of your time in Costa Rica on this exciting full-day guided tour from San Jose! Enjoy an exhilarating mountain hike and tour impressive sites ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

4.5 star rating: Recommended 179 Reviews

Experience Costa Rica’s world-renowned Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs on this exciting full-day trip from San Jose. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.00
Tortuga Island Day Trip from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Tortuga Island Day Trip from San Jose

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Escape to white sand and turquoise water on a luxury yacht catamaran to enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and a gourmet lunch during this all-inclusive full-day ...  Read more

Location: San José, Costa Rica
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Tortuguero National Park, San Jose, Day Trips
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Tortuguero National Park

4 star rating: Recommended 90 Reviews

Take an expedition by boat through the dense jungle of Tortuguero National Park and explore one of the most beautiful and scenic regions of Costa Rica. Cruise ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.00
Sarapiqui River Sightseeing Cruise and Zipline Canopy Tour from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Sarapiqui River Sightseeing Cruise and Zipline Canopy Tour from San Jose

4.5 star rating: Recommended 80 Reviews

Admire scenic views as you travel to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui for a full-day riverboat trip and canopy adventure! Swing through the treetops of the Central ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99
Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester, San Jose, Ziplines
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Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the natural landscapes of Central America and see Costa Rica’s best highlights on this full-day trip from San Jose! Visit the tallest ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.00
Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Great green macaws, red-eyed frogs and howler monkeys are all part of this guided day trip to Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose. ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Doka Coffee Tour, Grecia and Sarchi Day Trip from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Doka Coffee Tour, Grecia and Sarchi Day Trip from San Jose

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Combine art, beauty, coffee and nature on this popular cultural half-day guided tour. You will drive through the stunning scenery of Costa Rica as you travel ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.00

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