12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
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Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
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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.
On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Orchid Garden.

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San Francisco, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in January, with highs in San Jose at 78°F and lows at 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 7 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Snorkel Adventure CR and Palo Seco Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Espadilla Norte and Playas Gemelas. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Tico Pod Art House & Gifts (in Jaco), Playa Linda (in Playa Matapalo) and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding (in Herradura). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kids Saving The Rainforest, witness a stunning natural landmark at Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, kick back and relax at Playa Bejuco, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey builder website.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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