44 days in Central America Itinerary

44 days in Central America Itinerary

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44 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
9
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Zurich, Switzerland

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Green Iguana Conservation Project and Caracol. Visiting Actun Tunichil Muknal and The Belize Zoo will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of MayaWalk Tours, look for gifts at Back to My Roots, steep yourself in history at Xunantunich, and make a trip to House of Culture.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cayo trip itinerary website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cayo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Zurich to Cayo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in August: highs in Cayo hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cayo

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Belize Zoo
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take a memorable tour with Kitexplorer San Pedro, and take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery of San Pedro.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Pedro online day trip planner .

Getting from Cayo to San Pedro by combination of car and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a shuttle. August in San Pedro sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

The Estuary of Caye Caulker, Shark Ray Alley
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 4:
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Tabyana Beach will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at West Bay Beach and Grand Roatan Beach Club. And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, stop by Pies Bonitos, explore the activities along Half Moon Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Day Passes.

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

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Roatan

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

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ancon Hill and San Jose Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casco Viejo and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, identify plant and animal life at Punta Culebra Nature Center, and take in the exciting artwork at Nina Concept Store.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to Panama City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Roatan to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Panama City

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Biomuseum ©
Biomuseum

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Bat Jungle and Curi Cancha Reserve. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, and identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to Monteverde takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

5
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.
Get outdoors at Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Spend the 20th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio and kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rio Chollin and Rio Celeste. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Biesanz and River Rafting & Tubing. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and La Playita. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at MidWorld Costa Rica and get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online sightseeing 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 September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa journey builder site .

Ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Playa Hermosa. Relax by the water at Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts (in Playas del Coco). It doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Shark Diving

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