12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + shuttle:  20​h
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Manchester

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and The Bat Jungle. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, and look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker app .

Manchester, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Get outdoors at MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then head outdoors with Salto.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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