16 days in Costa Rica, Montego Bay & Cayman Islands Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica, Montego Bay & Cayman Islands Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica, Montego Bay & Cayman Islands Itinerary

Start: Birmingham, United States
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
5
Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Birmingham, United States

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, parks, trails, and wildlife. 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, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online route planner .

Birmingham, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

1
night
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 20th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Montego Bay.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Montego Bay, Jamaica

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.
Montego Bay is known for wildlife, adventure, historic sites, beaches, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Rose Hall Great House, explore the activities along Martha Brae Rafting Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Doctor's Cave Beach, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Montego Bay online route maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Monteverde to Montego Bay. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. January in Montego Bay sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seven Mile Beach.

Things to do in Montego Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rose Hall Great House ©
Rose Hall Great House
Doctor's Cave Beach ©
Doctor's Cave Beach

3
nights
Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach is known for wildlife, beaches, spas, adventure, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Stingray City Grand Cayman, play a few rounds at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman, enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, and take advantage of the amenities at Rum Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seven Mile Beach tour itinerary planning site .

Fly from Montego Bay to Seven Mile Beach in 8 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seven Mile Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Cayman, Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery, Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter
Highlights from your plan
Stingray City Grand Cayman ©
Stingray City Grand Cayman
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

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