38 days in Central America Itinerary

38 days in Central America Itinerary

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38 days in Central America Itinerary

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Fly:  17​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

5
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rio Chollin and Butterfly Conservatory. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park--about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

4
days
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Biesanz and La Playita. Discover out-of-the-way places like MidWorld Costa Rica and Hacienda Baru. Change things up with a short trip to Uvita Beach in Uvita (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

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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. July in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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La Playita, Uvita Beach, Hacienda Baru
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Curi Cancha Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and The Bat Jungle. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Tilaran to see Viento Fresco Waterfall about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and shop like a local with Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Monteverde online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

2
days
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 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then stroll through Playa Santa Teresa. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

3
days
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Hermosa and Playa Avellana. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Spas & Wellness. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal--about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and look for gifts at Dolores Shop.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

6
days
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Tabyana Beach. Gumbalimba Park and Rusty Fish are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Bay Beach, look for gifts at Karma Jewelry Design, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Roatan Beach Club.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Roatan trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tamarindo to Roatan takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. In July, daytime highs in Roatan are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Gumbalimba Park ©
Gumbalimba Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

6
days
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 Shark Ray Alley. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. When in San Pedro, make a side trip to see The Estuary of Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, choose your vessel at Kitexplorer San Pedro, stop by Belize Chocolate Company, and head outdoors with La Gaviota.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro visit planner.

Fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cayo.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Estuary of Caye Caulker ©
The Estuary of Caye Caulker

5
days
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Step off the beaten path and head to Green Iguana Conservation Project and Barton Creek Cave. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Caracol and Sak Tunich Art Gallery. Step out of Cayo to go to La Democracia and see The Belize Zoo, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal, make a trip to House of Culture, tour the pleasant surroundings at MayaWalk Tours, and delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cayo trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Cayo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Cayo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Belize Zoo
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
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MayaWalk Tours
Caracol ©
Caracol

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