11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Jaco
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Punta Arenas
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
San Jose
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
End: New York City

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dante's Water Sports, Playa Manuel Antonio and Costa Rica Jade Tours. On the 10th (Sat), join in the after-dark buzz at Costa Rica Jade Tours and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then see Dante's Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary builder site .

New York City, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Manuel Antonio hover around 80°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Dante's Water Sports ©
Dante's Water Sports
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Jaco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jaco Beach. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jaco tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls ©
Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

few
hours
Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas ©
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
You've now added Tortuga Island to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Tortuga Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Jaco to Punta Arenas in an hour. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Nature, #Parks
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Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

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.
Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve--about 3h 15 min away.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Punta Arenas to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 66°F at night. You will leave for home on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in San Jose

#Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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