24 days in Central America Itinerary

24 days in Central America Itinerary

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24 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Monterrey, Mexico
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Cayo, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
4
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
8
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Monterrey, Mexico


2
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.
On the 15th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Xunantunich, then delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Caracol.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cayo online sightseeing planner .

Monterrey, Mexico to Cayo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cayo

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
Caracol ©
Caracol
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Ray Alley and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro attractions tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cayo to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in San Pedro are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shark Ray Alley, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Parasailing & Paragliding
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Gumbalimba Park, kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at West Bay Beach. On the next day, stop by Diamonds International, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally view the masterpieces at Rusty Fish.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan tour planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Roatan are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off toJaco.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then kick back and relax at Jaco Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Jaco in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Arenal, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Cocles and then kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at La Ceiba, relax in the rural setting at Chocorart, and then kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel website .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. In December in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

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 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Santa Teresa in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Santa Teresa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, then stroll through Playa Conchal, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): wander the streets of Cinta Costera, make a trip to Panama Canal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen. On the next day, examine the collection at Biomuseum, then take a stroll through Casco Viejo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and finally make a trip to Iglesia de San Felipe Neri.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City tour app .

Getting from Tamarindo to Panama City by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tamarindo to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

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