27 days in Costa Rica & Caribbean Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica & Caribbean Itinerary

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Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
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Grand'Riviere, Martinique
— 2 nights
Drive
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Le Francois, Martinique
— 1 night
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Drive to Fort-de-France, Ferry to Castries, Saint Lucia, Drive to Soufriere
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Soufriere, St. Lucia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo

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Culebra, Puerto Rico

— 2 nights

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
You've now added Museo Historico de Culebra to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach, stroll through Playa Punta Soldado Beach, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita, and enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Culebra road trip tool.

Kalamazoo, USA to Culebra is an approximately 80-hour travel. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kalamazoo in November, things will get much warmer in Culebra: highs are around 86°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand'Riviere.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Grand'Riviere, Martinique

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cachot de Cyparis et ancienne prison, Distillerie Depaz and Zoo de Martinique. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Cachot de Cyparis et ancienne prison, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie Depaz, and then get impressive views of Montagne Pelee. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Le Paradis du Bakwa, steep yourself in history at La Savane des Esclaves, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de Martinique.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Grand'Riviere day trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Culebra to Grand'Riviere with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Le Francois.

Things to do in Grand'Riviere

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Le Francois, Martinique

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a tour by water with Jaim. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Plage des Salines.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Le Francois trip tool.

Getting from Grand'Riviere to Le Francois by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Soufriere.

Things to do in Le Francois

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Soufriere, St. Lucia

— 4 nights
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 HIstorical Adventure Park and St Lucia Photo Tours. There's more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Gros Piton and take in nature's colorful creations at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Soufriere trip website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Le Francois to Soufriere in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Palm - Eagle Beach.

Things to do in Soufriere

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

— 2 nights
A long stretch of powdery white sand and aquamarine waters, Palm - Eagle Beach remains one of Aruba's most visited vacation spots.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Philip's Animal Garden, The Butterfly Farm, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Philip's Animal Garden, then stroll through Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, and then kick back and relax at Eagle Beach. On the next day, tour the depths of the sea with a submarine tour, trot along with The Gold Mine Ranch, then stroll through The Butterfly Farm, and finally enjoy the sea views from California Lighthouse.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Palm - Eagle Beach trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Soufriere to Palm - Eagle Beach takes 9.5 hours. December in Palm - Eagle Beach sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Palm - Eagle Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Mercado Modelo, then explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, and then don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of The 3 Eyes National Park, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Santo Domingo, and then walk around Parque Independencia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santo Domingo route planner.

Getting from Palm - Eagle Beach to Santo Domingo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
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.

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You can fly from Santo Domingo to San Jose in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santo Domingo to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Rancho Tipico Don Juan, Dolphin & Whale Watching, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde journey maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to 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

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

Martinique travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Gardens · Scuba & Snorkeling
The mountainous island of Martinique offers travelers everything from stunning natural landscapes, to vibrant towns and enticing cuisine. The island's varied scenery includes numerous scenic beaches, lush forests, and a majestic volcano that towers over the St. Pierre harbor. A range of activities await you on your Martinique holiday, allowing you to spend your days lounging on the sand and enjoying the azure waters, sampling gastronomic delicacies, or frequenting the shops, clubs, and cafes in the capital city of Fort-de-France.

St. Lucia travel guide

4.1
Hot Springs · Volcanos · Bodies of Water
The island of St. Lucia is hailed for its scenic landscape of tall mountains, forested hills, and fertile valleys sprinkled with banana plantations. The island's dramatic scenery is most renowned for the Pitons, two volcanic spires that rise from the ocean floor. Whether you're visiting the island as part of a cruise, a romantic honeymoon, or looking for adventure, a St. Lucia vacation offers something for everyone. Discover the island's hidden beaches and coves, go climbing or hiking, and enjoy the picturesque views and tropical weather.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.