19 days in Costa Rica & Cuba Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica & Cuba Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Fly + bus:  17​h 15​min
1
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 1 night
+4
Fly + foot + bus + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Trinidad, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Varadero, Cuba
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + tram + foot + train:  16​h 45​min
End: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom


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2
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Get outdoors at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Four Seasons Golf Club. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR, browse the exhibits of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and play a few rounds at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco road trip planner .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Playas del Coco is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Playas del Coco due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 7th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Canopy Vista Tamarindo, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, then kick back and relax at Playa Danta, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally head outdoors with Arenas Blancas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip planning tool .

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Danta
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the activities along Marino Ballena National Park, explore the galleries of Magic Ananda, and then admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, then get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Uvita takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Playa Ventanas
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Marino Ballena National Park ©
Marino Ballena National Park
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 11th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, then take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, then head outdoors with Manuel Antonio Destinations, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Barraba's Surf, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Barraba's Surf ©
Barraba's Surf
Spas

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.
On the 13th (Mon), get outside with Flow Trips, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Bogarin Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, then explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, and finally stroll through Arenal 1968 Trail.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Wed) before leaving for Havana.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
Havana, Cuba

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 16th (Thu): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and finally make a trip to Cuba Libro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): walk around Central Park, steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, then see the interesting displays at Museo Napoleonico, then gain insight at University of Havana, and finally wander the streets of Vedado.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Havana trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Havana by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Havana, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Castillo de la Real Fuerza ©
Castillo de la Real Fuerza
Photography Tours

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.
On the 18th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo visit planner .

Getting from Havana to Cayo Largo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cayo Largo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cayo Rico ©
Cayo Rico
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Playa Blanca Beach ©
Playa Blanca Beach

1
night
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
On the 19th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Maria Aguilar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Boca, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos, and finally identify plant and animal life at Parque el Cubano.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cayo Largo to Trinidad. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos, Playa Maria Aguilar
Highlights from your plan
Playa La Boca ©
Playa La Boca

3
nights
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 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, then head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad, and finally have fun at Estadio Victoria de Giron. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Crab Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Cardenas Cathedral, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then shop like a local with Lolo Galeria-Taller, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Elvira, and finally admire the masterpieces at Mi Casa Beatles.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip maker app .

You can drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Varadero, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas
Highlights from your plan
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Parque de la Libertad
Parque de la Libertad
Estadio Victoria de Giron ©
Estadio Victoria de Giron

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