21 days in Central America Itinerary

21 days in Central America Itinerary

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21 days in Central America Itinerary

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 15​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  10​h
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​min
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Panama City is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, expect Panama City to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Panama City

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

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, then look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Tamarindo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. March in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The Bat Jungle and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip site .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

4
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and get outside with Salto.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
day
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 6th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stop by 12 Belize.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to San Pedro in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Manuel Antonio in April, expect San Pedro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
12 Belize ©
12 Belize

3
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Explore Belize City's surroundings by going to The Split (in Caye Caulker) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). On the 11th (Wed), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins and visit a coastal fixture at Baron Bliss Lighthouse.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Belize City trip itinerary builder .

Belize City is very close to San Pedro. April in Belize City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

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

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