Route & dates
9 days in Manuel Antonio & Monteverde Itinerary
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus: 12h 45min
Manuel Antonio— 3 nights
Drive: 3h 45min
Monteverde— 5 nights
Drive + Fly: 10h 45min
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.Bring the kids along to MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. Pack the 3rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.
To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online trip builder .
Toronto, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in February: high temperatures in Manuel Antonio hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.
Things to do in Manuel Antonio
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Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.Kids will appreciate attractions like Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Arenal Eco Zoo (in El Castillo) and Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Souvenir Rosewood, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.
To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde tour itinerary planner .
Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Thu).
Things to do in Monteverde
Rio Celeste, Arenal Eco Zoo
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