54 days in Central America Itinerary

54 days in Central America Itinerary

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54 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
2
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 15​min
9
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: New York City, United States

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum. Explore Belize City's surroundings by going to The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Altun Ha (in Rock Stone Pond). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River, take in the views from Swing Bridge, see the interesting displays at Museum of Belize, and stroll around Memorial Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Belize City online visit planner .

New York City, USA to Belize City is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Belize City. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Belize City at 88°F and lows at 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Belize City

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
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Zipline
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

5
nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Actun Tunichil Muknal and Caracol. Make the 26th (Wed) an awe-inspiring day at Elijio Panti National Park. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project, look for gifts at Kaj Expressions, view the masterpieces at Cappello's Art Gallery, and explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo online trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Belize City to Cayo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, daytime highs in Cayo are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours
Caracol ©
Caracol

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shark Ray Alley and Spas. And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro, get outside with Rum Punch II, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cayo to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. June in San Pedro sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Half Moon Bay. Spend the 4th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Gumbalimba Park, stop by Diamonds International, and stroll through Tabyana Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daytime highs in Roatan are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, trek along Arenal 1968 Trail, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

Plan my day in La Fortuna de San Carlos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Roatan to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 11:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Centro de Rescate Las Pumas and The Bat Jungle will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Serpentario, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To plan Monteverde vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Centro de Rescate Las Pumas ©
Centro de Rescate Las Pumas

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Parasailing & Paragliding. Kids will enjoy Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Uvita Waterfall (in Uvita) and Nauyaca Waterfalls (in Dominical). Spend the 18th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip maker website .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita, Dominical
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls

4
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Carara National Park. Bring the kids along to Herradura Beach and Jaco Beach. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Carton the Surf Shop, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Zukia Art Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Herradura, Tarcoles Bridge, Carara National Park
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline

1
night
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then stroll through Playa Santa Teresa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 27th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones). Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nosara
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Horseback Riding Tours

6
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 Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Kids will enjoy Playa Avellana and Brasilito Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Pesca Deportiva (in Playa Flamingo) and Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero). Saddle up on the 2nd (Fri) and explore with a tour on horseback. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Brasilito Beach, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal, Potrero Beach
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 3:
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

5
nights
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.
Attractions like Ponderosa Adventure Park and Playa Hermosa make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Diving and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria (in Liberia). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Cata Chocolate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Liberia, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:
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Shark Diving
River Rafting & Tubing
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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