Havana and Costa Rica

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Embrace Cuba’s rich history and colourful culture in the country’s capital before experiencing some of the world’s most bio-diverse and unspoiled landscapes in Costa Rica. Traversing the Caribbean Sea, our expert-crafted twin-country tour showcases the best of this enchanting region with the vibrancy of Havana matched by Costa Rica's extravagant and exotic natural offering. Walk amongst colourful colonial mansions and centuries-old towering trees, listen to lively salsa and a cacophony of bustling birds, discover the history of La Revolución and the ancient uses of the cacao plant. This is a holiday that nourishes the mind, body and soul.

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Travel Period: 16/05/2018 - 15/07/2018
  • Havana + Sarapiqui + Arenal + Manuel Antonio
  • 9 nights
  • Price based on 9 nights, 2 people sharing. Includes accommodation, transfers, and representation services. Excludes international flights.

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BENEFIT FROM OUR LOCAL REPRESENTATION SERVICES THROUGHOUT CUBA

With our very own on-the-ground team in Cuba, you’ll benefit from around-the-clock support from highly-trained, friendly, English-speaking reps. Based in Havana, Varadero, Viñales and Trinidad, our Cuba Direct reps will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly from beginning to end.

Day 1: Havana

International outbound flight to Havana. Please get in touch if you would like us to arrange your flights. You will be met by a Cuba Direct representative at Havana Airport.

Havana

Few cities boast the life and soul of the sultry showgirl that is Havana. To know Havana is love her – her buzzing street corners, where the bored and the busy-with-gossip congregate; her gorgeous colonial cityscape, her virtuoso musicians and dancers; her antiquated classic cars and her socialist slogans. Havana is at its busiest with tourism and private enterprise since 1959, with a new restaurant, shop, art project or hip private villa opening seemingly every week, regardless of announcements emanating out of the States. There’s never been a better time to join the party.

Day 2: Havana

You will take a guided walking tour of Havana. Your English-speaking guide will detail the history of the city as you walk the streets where some of Havana’s most important historical events took place. Fearsome Spanish fortresses, palatial colonial residences, and Havana’s four centuries-old squares are just some of the highlights.

Day 3: Havana

Day at leisure in Havana.

Day 4: Havana - San José - Sarapiquí

You will fly from Havana to Costa Rica’s capital city, San José. A representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your private transfer to your hotel the beautiful rainforest of Sarapiquí.

Days 5-6: Sarapiquí

Overflowing with opportunities for adventure, Sarapiquí and its raging river – to which it owes its name – is a haven for kayaking, white-water rafting and wildlife-watching. This stretch of verdant and fertile lowlands was once part of the United Fruit Company’s vast banana holdings and still serves as an important agricultural region. Despite once serving as perhaps the country’s busiest transport hub, Sarapiquí boasts some of the last remaining primary rainforest in Costa Rica as well as 400 species of bird, 450 species of tree and over 100 species of mammals.

Day 6: Sarapiquí - Arenal

After lunch you will join the shared scenic transfer to your next stop, Arenal.

Days 6 - 8: Arenal

This idyllic oasis – home to forest, waterfalls and the magnificent (dormant!) Arenal Volcano – is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Hiking, cycling, horseriding, whitewater rafting and ziplining can be followed by a relaxing bath in the region’s geothermal waters. A massive 75% of Costa Rica’s 850 bird species can be found in the Arenal Volcano National Park along with sloths, white-faced capuchin monkeys, coati and much more. Though touristy, La Fortuna is friendly town well-worth a visit.

Day 8: Arenal - Manuel Antonio

You'll be picked up from your hotel and escorted to your hotel in the beautiful oceanside village of Manuel Antonio.

Days 8 - 10: Manuel Antonio

Enjoy two days in Costa Rica’s most popular National Park, Manuel Antonio. Home to some of the most beautiful and diverse beaches in all of Costa Rica – including Playa Espadilla Sur, Puerto Escondido, and Playa Manuel Antonio (a great spot for snorkelling!) – you’ll be able to round off your trip with some relaxation by the sea. A small island, Manuel Antonio also forms part of a forest which is in the process of regeneration. This extremely humid tropical forest is inhabited by several species at risk of extension – including two-toed sloths, white-faced monkeys, marmosets, racoons, and guatusas. Those looking for a more exciting end to their trip will find that there’s plenty of adventurous activities on offer, from white-water rafting in Ríos Naranjo and Savegre, horse-riding tours, fishing excursions, and birdwatching.

Day 10: Manuel Antonio - Juan Santamaría International Airport

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to San José's international airport. After experiencing the many wonders of Costa Rica, it is time to say "hasta luego" to this very special corner of the world.

Casa Havana 19

Casa Havana 19 is a charming private homestay, located within a beautiful colonial building in Old Havana. This first-floor apartment offers two airy bedrooms with king-sized beds. Each bedroom is installed with Air Conditioning, a fan, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and a large ensuite bathroom. Casa Havana 19 also offers a lovely living room with typical Cuban rocking chairs - perfect for winding down after a busy day in Old Havana. The host, Iriana, is extremely friendly and accommodating - going above and beyond to please her guests. She serves delicious breakfasts every morning, along with a selection of freshly pressed seasonal juices. Casa Havana 19 is conveniently located on a quiet residential street, which is just a 5-minute walk from some of Havana's top attractions (including the Museum of the Revolution, the Bodeguita del Medio, and Plaza Vieja). The nearest point for shared transfers is just 2 mins away at Palacio San Miguel Hotel. Please note that this homestay is not suitable for clients with limited mobility, as it does not have elevator access.

Hotel El Bambú

Surrounded by a luscious forest and the vibrant sounds of nature, Hotel El Bambu is the perfect setting for a wonderful vacation. With standard rooms near the<br />swimming pool and superior rooms by the forest,<br />you'll find the perfect combination of comfort and rest in a warm and pleasant environment. The hotel includes a fine restaurant with a traditional and international menu, as well as a breathtaking terrace, a bar, and hiking trails. Hotel El Bambu's commitment is to provide the best service to all their guests, offering luxury facilities in a unique setting.

San Bosco Inn

This charming inn offers the ideal location for the best value, sitting right in the centre of La Fortuna, and just a 10-minute drive from Arenal Volcano. With lush gardens and an outdoor pool, you can relax and unwind at San Bosco, or explore the nearby waterfalls, caves, and thermal hot springs, as well as the breathtaking Arenal Volcano. San Bosco's bedrooms are light-filled and spacious, simple yet comfortable. Each bedroom includes an ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning and garden views. 

Tabulia Tree

Located just 4 miles from the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Tabulia Tree Hotel has been designed to blend in with the surrounding tropical rainforest. Tabulia Tree is an eco-friendly hotel, using electric-powered transportation around the grounds and asking that guests to be conscious of the way in which they interact with the natural environment around them. Tabulia Tree's beautiful and spacious rooms include air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, an ensuite bathroom, and TV with cable. WiFi is available in all public areas, including the lovely outdoor pool, luscious tropical gardens, and Bambu Jam restaurant. Make sure to try Tabulia Tree's locally-renowned cocktails, as well as their delicious natural fruit smoothies!

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