27 days in Central America Itinerary

27 days in Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
3
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
6
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
7
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
8
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
9
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Curi Cancha Reserve and Monteverde Orchid Garden. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from London to Monteverde, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pura Aventura and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, see Off-Road Tours, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Scuba & Snorkeling
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

1
night
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours Outdoors Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the galleries of The Captain's Booty.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cinta Costera and Iglesia del Carmen. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Panama Canal, see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San José.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City route planner.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. In July, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera
Biomuseo ©
Biomuseo

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Spas. Go for a jaunt from San Pedro to Caye Caulker to see Red Flower Gallery about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Belize Chocolate Company, view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, and make a trip to Shark Ray Alley.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro attractions planner.

Getting from Panama City to San Pedro by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. In July in San Pedro, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Red Flower Gallery, Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

3
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Green Iguana Conservation Project and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. Take a break from San Ignacio with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, look for gifts at Kaj Expressions, Head underground at Barton Creek Cave, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Ignacio travel route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to San Ignacio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, The Belize Zoo
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tabyana Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Half Moon Bay, walk around Gumbalimba Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at West Bay Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Roatan trip maker.

Getting from San Ignacio to Roatan by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In July in Roatan, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

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