12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 1 night
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights

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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 9th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): walk around Parque La Sabana, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, and finally stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Jose sightseeing planning website.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to San Jose. Traveling from New York City in April, expect San Jose to be much hotter, temps between 83°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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Parque La Sabana ©
Parque La Sabana
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense

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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 11th (Sun), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey planner.

Take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Tours

Side Trip

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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Playa Manuel Antonio and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Horseback Riding Tours in Esterillos Este, approximately Esterillos Este away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll around Parque Nahomi, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Top Travel Costa Rica, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Costa Rica.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Photography Tours
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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