27 days in Costa Rica & Caribbean Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica & Caribbean Itinerary

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27 days in Costa Rica & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo, United States
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
2
Grand'Riviere, Martinique
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Le Francois, Martinique
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  3​h
4
Soufriere, St. Lucia
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
5
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Kalamazoo, United States

2
nights
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Museo Historico de Culebra has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: stroll through Flamenco Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Soldado Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Culebra online travel route planner .

Kalamazoo, USA to Culebra is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kalamazoo in December, things will get much hotter in Culebra: highs are around 85°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand'Riviere.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

2
nights
Grand'Riviere, Martinique

Grand'Riviere ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cachot de Cyparis et ancienne prison, Distillerie Depaz and Zoo de Martinique - Habitation Latouche. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand'Riviere: La Savane des Esclaves (in Trois-Ilets) and Le Paradis du Bakwa (in Le Francois).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand'Riviere trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Culebra to Grand'Riviere. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Le Francois.

Things to do in Grand'Riviere

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saint-Pierre, La Savane des Esclaves, Le Paradis du Bakwa, Montagne Pelee, Zoo de Martinique - Habitation Latouche
Highlights from your plan
Montagne Pelee ©
Montagne Pelee
La Savane des Esclaves ©
La Savane des Esclaves
Distillerie Depaz ©
Distillerie Depaz

1
night
Le Francois, Martinique

Le Francois ©
Le Francois is a town and commune in the arrondissement of Le Marin on Martinique, 22km from the island capital of Fort-de-France. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jaim as well as Dolphin & Whale Watching. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Jaim. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick back and relax at Les Salines Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Le Francois day trip site .

Drive from Grand'Riviere to Le Francois in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Soufriere.

Things to do in Le Francois

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Jaim, Les Salines Beach
Highlights from your plan
Les Salines Beach ©
Les Salines Beach
Jaim ©
Jaim
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Soufriere, St. Lucia

Soufriere ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jalousie Beach, Morne Coubaril Estate and St Lucia Photo Tours. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and contemplate the geological forces at Gros Piton.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Soufriere trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Le Francois to Soufriere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Soufriere can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palm - Eagle Beach.

Things to do in Soufriere

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

St. Lucia, St Lucia Photo Tours
Highlights from your plan
St Lucia Photo Tours ©
St Lucia Photo Tours
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens ©
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Gros Piton ©
Gros Piton

2
nights
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

Palm - Eagle Beach ©
A long stretch of powdery white sand and aquamarine waters, Palm - Eagle Beach remains one of Aruba's most visited vacation spots.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Philip's Animal Garden, The Butterfly Farm, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Philip's Animal Garden, identify plant and animal life at Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, and then kick back and relax at Eagle Beach. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at The Gold Mine Ranch Horseback Riding Tours, then explore and take pictures at The Butterfly Farm, and finally enjoy the sea views from California Lighthouse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Palm - Eagle Beach trip site .

Fly from Soufriere to Palm - Eagle Beach in 12 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Palm - Eagle Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Oranjestad, Noord, The Gold Mine Ranch Horseback Riding Tours, Donkey Sanctuary Aruba
Highlights from your plan
Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Submarine Tours
California Lighthouse ©
California Lighthouse

2
nights
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mercado Modelo, Parque Independencia and ChocoMuseo Santo Domingo. On the 15th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Mercado Modelo, then explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, and then make a trip to Zona Colonial. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at The 3 Eyes National Park, then examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Santo Domingo, and then walk around Parque Independencia.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santo Domingo trip simple and quick.

Fly from Palm - Eagle Beach to Santo Domingo in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The 3 Eyes National Park ©
The 3 Eyes National Park
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon

3
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
You've added Spas & Wellness, Rainforest Adventures, Va de nuevo, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

Plan trip to San Jose with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Santo Domingo to San Jose by flight takes about 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santo Domingo to San Jose. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Rainforest Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Rancho Tipico Don Juan, Dolphin & Whale Watching, and other attractions. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker site .

Take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
William Mangrove Tours ©
William Mangrove Tours
Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan

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 16th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde tour app .

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. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spas & Wellness, Venado Caves and Eden Chocolate Tour. On the 17th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Venado Caves and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Venado Caves
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

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