15 days in Cuba & Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Cuba & Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Cuba & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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Cayo Guillermo, Cuba

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo Guillermo trip tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cayo Guillermo is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Cayo Guillermo. Traveling from Zurich in January, things will get much warmer in Cayo Guillermo: highs are around 31°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Delfinario ©
Delfinario

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Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your inner history buff will appreciate El Malecon and El Morro. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Havana and Plaza de la Catedral. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), wander the streets of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Cayo Guillermo to Havana in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cayo Guillermo in January, Havana is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
El Morro ©
El Morro

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Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cayo Largo travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Havana to Cayo Largo takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cayo Largo to La Fortuna de San Carlos. The time zone difference when traveling from Cayo Largo to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. Head to Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Beso Loco Boutique de Playafor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and stop by Super Joseth.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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San Jose, Costa Rica

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 2nd (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then stop by Chieton Moren, and then shop like a local with Galeria Namu.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Tours
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren

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