30 days in Central America Itinerary

30 days in Central America Itinerary

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30 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Nosara, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​min
9
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
10
Cayo, Belize
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 2nd (Thu), make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Church, and finally look for gifts at La Praline Chocolatier.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City travel route builder website .

Dublin, Ireland to Panama City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Panama City. In August, Panama City is much warmer than Dublin - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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 Playa Conchal and Spas & Wellness. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Tamarindo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nosara vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Nosara

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Samara Beach
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Spas & Wellness

4
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 Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and Rio Chollin. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Nosara to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store and then look for all kinds of wild species at MidWorld Costa Rica.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
On the 15th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Jaco Beach, and then stop by The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Jaco online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

4
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 Gumbalimba Park and Shark Diving. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Tabyana Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Half Moon Bay, and explore and take pictures at Steel Pan Alley.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Roatan trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jaco to Roatan in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Gumbalimba Park ©
Gumbalimba Park
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Shark Ray Alley. Spend the 23rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, 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 more tourist information, read San Pedro trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Belize Zoo and Altun Ha Ruins. On the 26th (Sun), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 27th (Mon), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. There's more to do: make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Belize City holiday planner.

Belize City is very close to San Pedro. In August, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Xunantunich and then explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of MayaWalk Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo trip itinerary builder site .

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 August, daily temperatures in Cayo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Tours Transportation
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours

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