20 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

20 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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20 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

Vancouver, Canada
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  16​h 30​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
Managua, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
Vinales, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Montreal, Canada

1
day
Antigua, Guatemala

The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Antigua online tour planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, car, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Vancouver to Antigua, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in October; daily highs in Antigua reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Managua.

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La Casa del Algodon ©
La Casa del Algodon
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara

3
days
Managua, Nicaragua

Managua ©
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Step off the beaten path and head to Soy Nica and Mi Museo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Managua: Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina) and Granada (Galeria de Arte Kaknes Granada, Parque Colon de Granada, & more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Managua vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Antigua to Managua. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Managua

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

Granada, Mirador de Catarina
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Mi Museo ©
Mi Museo
Soy Nica ©
Soy Nica

3
days
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Playa el Coco Vacation Rentals. The adventure continues: make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, kick back and relax at Popoyo Beach, and get your game on at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur planner .

Traveling by car from Managua to San Juan del Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Popoyo Beach
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©
Popoyo Beach ©
Popoyo Beach

3
days
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Arenal Wilberth Stables and Las Termalitas de Arenal. Change things up with a short trip to Onirica Art Gallery in La Fortuna de San Carlos (about 1h 15 min away).

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. On the 15th (Mon), you're off toBoquete.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Tours

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Arenal Wilberth Stables ©
Arenal Wilberth Stables

2
days
Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
On the 16th (Tue), take a pleasant ride with Franklin's Horseback Riding. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Boquete Tuesday Market, join in the after-dark buzz at Mi Jardin Coffee Bar, and then head outdoors with Finca Lerida Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Boquete trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Boquete takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. October in Boquete sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

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Franklin's Horseback Riding ©
Franklin's Horseback Riding

2
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Culebra Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boquete to Panama City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vinales.

Things to do in Panama City

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen
Punta Culebra Nature Center ©
Punta Culebra Nature Center

1
day
Vinales, Cuba

Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 20th (Sat), trot along with a tour on horseback and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vinales trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Panama City to Vinales with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

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Jardin Botanico de Vinales ©
Jardin Botanico de Vinales

3
days
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Jibacoa and Monument of the Street Person. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Calle Obispo, get a sense of history and politics at Interior Ministry/Ministerio del Interior, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and stroll through Central Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Havana online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Vinales to Havana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Havana, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

#Tours, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Playa de Jibacoa ©
Playa de Jibacoa
Calle Obispo ©
Calle Obispo

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