24 days in Cuba & Central America Itinerary

24 days in Cuba & Central America Itinerary

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24 days in Cuba & Central America Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  14​h
1
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
3
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
5
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  6​h
9
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland


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4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, sightseeing, nightlife, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, contemplate the long history of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, and wander the streets of Callejon de Hamel.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Havana itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Havana is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Havana due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in November: high temperatures in Havana hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): meet the residents at Delfinario, then stroll through Josone Park, and then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Varadero sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Delfinario ©
Delfinario

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): meet the residents at The Belize Zoo, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Diamonds International. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Community Baboon Sanctuary and then delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Belize City trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Varadero to Belize City in 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Cuba Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Varadero in December since evenings lows in Belize City dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and then look for gifts at 12 Belize.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro itinerary builder.

San Pedro is very close to Belize City. In December, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
12 Belize ©
12 Belize

2
nights
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Ave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of car and flight from San Pedro to Vara Blanca in 15 hours. Traveling from San Pedro in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Vara Blanca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Zoo Ave
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Shopping
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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.
Explore Monteverde's surroundings by going to Monteverde Orchid Garden (in Santa Elena) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran).

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio National Park to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then have fun at Perdido Springs.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Panama City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panama City: Colon (Fort San Lorenzo & Gatun Locks). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, head outdoors with Cinta Costera, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos, and take an in-depth tour of Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Panama City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City in 15 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Panama City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Colon
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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