47 days in Central America Itinerary

47 days in Central America Itinerary

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47 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Fly:  34​h
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​min
3
Belize City, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
4
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
5
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 15​min
6
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Nosara, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tabyana Beach and West Bay Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Gumbalimba Park. There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, head outdoors with Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort, kick back and relax at Grand Roatan Beach Club, and look for gifts at The Bulk Gourmet.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Roatan online trip maker .

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Roatan is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Port Elizabeth in March; daily highs in Roatan reach 34°C and lows reach 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

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

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Belize Chocolate Company. Get outdoors at Shark Ray Alley and Fishing Charters & Tours. Spend the 29th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the San Pedro trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get in touch with nature at The Belize Zoo and Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Red Flower Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Caye Caulker (Turneffe Reef & The Estuary of Caye Caulker). On the 2nd (Mon), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins, make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument, visit a coastal fixture at Baron Bliss Lighthouse, and stop by Caribbean Spice Belize.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Belize City trip planning website .

Belize City is very close to San Pedro. In March, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

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

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.
Caracol and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Green Iguana Conservation Project and Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Xunantunich, get a taste of the local shopping with Sak Tunich Art Gallery, deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through MayaWalk Tours, and Head underground at Actun Tunichil Muknal.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Belize City to Cayo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In April, daily temperatures in Cayo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cayo

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

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and Gatun Locks. Get some cultural insight at Cinta Costera and Biomuseum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get outside with Ancon Hill, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Francia, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Cayo to Panama City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monkey Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and stop by Diamante Boutique.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo tour itinerary planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Tamarindo. Traveling from Panama City in April, Tamarindo is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

You can plan Nosara trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Chiquita. Take a break from the city and head to Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and Playa Cocles. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, deepen your understanding at Finca Tierra, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Paintball Costa Rica.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca route maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Nosara to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Nosara to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Nosara in April, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Jaco.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jaco Beach and Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco trip tool .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Jaco by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Jaco is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dantica Gallery, Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, Carara National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

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.
Take a break from the city and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and La Playita. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online route planner .

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Arenal and Rio Chollin. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), hike along Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and head outdoors with Canopy San Luis.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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