11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to San Jose
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Shuttle to San José, Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Brussels

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San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, stop by Chocolatería Sibú, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch. Keep things going the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to San Jose is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Brussels to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in March, expect San Jose to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 5th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
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 Mike’s Nature Tours and Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop. There's more to do: do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.