22 days in Caribbean & Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Caribbean & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Santo Domingo, Fly to Oranjestad
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Oranjestad, Aruba
— 4 nights
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 4 nights
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

— 2 nights
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas and Hoyo Azul. Venture out of the city with trips to Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology (in La Romana) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bayahibe).

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana day trip planning website.

London, UK to Punta Cana is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Punta Cana, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in July: highs in Punta Cana hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oranjestad.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Oranjestad, Aruba

— 4 nights
When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Explore hidden gems such as Arashi Beach and Off-Road Tours. And it doesn't end there: stroll through The Butterfly Farm, explore the striking landscape at Natural Pool, look for gifts at Monkey Joe's, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Oranjestad trip maker tool.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Punta Cana to Oranjestad in 8 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Oranjestad can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Oranjestad to Monteverde by combination of flight and taxi takes about 11.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Oranjestad to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Biesanz. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Manuel Antonio, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ecotermales Fortuna and Sky Adventures Arenal Park. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): stroll through Monkey Park, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Guanacaste. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Tamarindo holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Ocho Rios.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Shopping

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

— 4 nights
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rainforest Adventures and Zipline. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at White River, stroll around Konoko Falls, trot along with a tour on horseback, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Firewater Mineral Healing Spring.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ocho Rios trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Ocho Rios by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tamarindo to Ocho Rios. In July, daily temperatures in Ocho Rios can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

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.