16 days in Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

16 days in Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

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16 days in Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

Chicago, United States
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  10​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Cap-Haitien, Haiti
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Chicago, United States

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by La Perla Dominicana, kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, and then browse the different shops at Palma Real Shopping Village.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Punta Cana trip maker website .

Chicago, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Punta Cana is 2 hours. In March, Punta Cana is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
La Perla Dominicana ©
La Perla Dominicana
Palma Real Shopping Village ©
Palma Real Shopping Village

2
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Punta Cana to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Punta Cana to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Granada.

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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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days
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planning app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 73°F. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Panama City.

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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

2
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Nina Concept Store, see the interesting displays at Biomuseum, and then examine the collection at Museo Panama Viejo.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Panama City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Granada to Panama City is 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Havana.

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Biomuseum ©
Biomuseum

3
days
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get some historical perspective at Old Havana and El Morro. El Malecon and National Museum of Fine Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, see the interesting displays at Wifredo Lam Center, and contemplate the long history of Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Havana online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Panama City to Havana in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Panama City in March; daily highs in Havana reach 82°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cap-Haitien.

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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Morro ©
El Morro
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

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Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Cap-Haitien ©
Haiti's second city, Cap-Haitien offers an atmosphere at odds with what you'll find in the capital.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Citadelle Laferrière.

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Fly from Havana to Cap-Haitien in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ocho Rios.

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Citadelle Laferrière ©
Citadelle Laferrière

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios ©
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cap-Haitien to Ocho Rios in 7.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Ocho Rios can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Montego Bay.

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Dunn's River Falls and Park ©
Dunn's River Falls and Park
Island Village ©
Island Village

2
days
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay ©
The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): play a few rounds at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, shop like a local with White Witch Golf Course, and then contemplate the long history of Rose Hall Great House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Doctor's Cave Beach and then take some stellar pictures from Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Montego Bay trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a bus from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Montego Bay are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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White Witch Golf Course ©
White Witch Golf Course
Doctor's Cave Beach ©
Doctor's Cave Beach
Rose Hall Great House ©
Rose Hall Great House

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