15 days in Cuba, Costa Rica & St. Lucia Itinerary

15 days in Cuba, Costa Rica & St. Lucia Itinerary

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15 days in Cuba, Costa Rica & St. Lucia Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  13 h 45 min
1
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19 h 15 min
7
Soufriere, St. Lucia
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  14 h 15 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at House of Rum, Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally stroll around Josone Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Varadero is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Varadero due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in January: high temperatures in Varadero hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Paraiso.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cayo Largo travel route planning app .

Fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3 hours. January in Cayo Largo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

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

2
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at CicloCuba. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to El Capitolio and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Havana trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Havana takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, Havana is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

3
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Fly from Havana to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Havana to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Tue), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 (Wed), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Soufriere.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

4
nights
Soufriere, St. Lucia

Home to some of Saint Lucia's landmark buildings and natural features, Soufriere provides travelers with an engaging and direct route into the center of island life.
Take a break from Soufriere with a short trip to Rodney Bay in Castries, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Morne Coubaril Estate, contemplate the waterfront views at Marigot Bay, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Soufriere trip app .

Explore your travel options from Monteverde to Soufriere with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 2 hours. January in Soufriere sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Soufriere

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Lucia, Rodney Bay
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens ©
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Rodney Bay ©
Rodney Bay

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