21 days in Costa Rica, Havana & Antigua Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica, Havana & Antigua Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica, Havana & Antigua Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  15​h
1
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
3
Carate, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll get in some beach time at Playas de Este and Santa Maria del Mar. Get some cultural insight at El Malecon and Old Havana. Change things up with a short trip to Coral Beach in Varadero (about 1h 55 min away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, contemplate the long history of El Morro, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and wander the streets of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Havana day trip planning app .

Dublin, Ireland to Havana is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Dublin in August, things will get warmer in Havana: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coral Beach
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Playas de Este ©
Playas de Este
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

3
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Volcán Pacaya and Volcan de Agua are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional & Catedral Metropolitana). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, browse the eclectic array of goods at Caoba Farms, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Havana to Antigua takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Havana to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Havana in August, things will get slightly colder in Antigua: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Carate.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
day
Carate, Costa Rica

Carate
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll through Ave Azul de la Osa.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Antigua to Carate. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Carate

Nature Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ecological Sanctuary and Alas y Raices. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Wild Hikes, and see the interesting displays at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carate to Monteverde takes 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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