11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  11​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Jaco
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
New York City

3
days
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Biesanz and Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Reptilandia. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker .

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 difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in March, expect Manuel Antonio to be much warmer, temps between 80°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Parque Reptilandia, Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Parque Reptilandia ©
Parque Reptilandia

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, look for all kinds of wild species at Neo Fauna, and then stop by The Costa Rica Coffee Experience. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Neo Fauna ©
Neo Fauna
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience ©
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience

2
days
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Theme Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip maker .

Traveling by shuttle from Jaco to Monteverde takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
day
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
On the 4th (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos planning site .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Spas, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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