50 days in Central America Itinerary

50 days in Central America Itinerary

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50 days in Central America Itinerary

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

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Tabyana Beach. You'll get in some beach time at West Bay Beach and Mayan Day Passes. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at So Tropic, identify plant and animal life at Gumbalimba Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Bay Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Roatan driving holiday planner.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Roatan is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Elizabeth to Roatan is minus 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Elizabeth in March: high temperatures in Roatan hover around 34°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly 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 12 Belize. Visiting Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve will get you outdoors. Spend the 30th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and stop by Belize Chocolate Company.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip planner.

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) 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
Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Step off the beaten path and head to Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River and Altun Ha Ruins. When in Belize City, make a side trip to see The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, approximately 42 minutes away. On the 3rd (Tue), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument.

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Belize City is just a short distance from San Pedro. In April in Belize City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly to Placencia.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Belize District, The Estuary of Caye Caulker, The Belize Zoo
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Zipline
Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River ©
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Treasure Box. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Silk Caye. When in Placencia, make a side trip to see Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve in Dangriga, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and stop by Denyse's Originals.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Placencia online attractions planner .

Placencia is just a stone's throw from Belize City. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Placencia

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
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Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Silk Caye ©
Silk Caye

4
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 Actun Tunichil Muknal and Green Iguana Conservation Project. Get outdoors at MayaWalk Tours and Barton Creek Cave. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Caracol and admire the sheer force of Rio On Pools.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cayo road trip planning app .

Getting from Placencia to Cayo by combination of flight and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In April, daytime highs in Cayo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Cayo

#Parks, #Nature, #Transportation
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours
Caracol ©
Caracol

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Biesanz and Playa Manuel Antonio. Discover out-of-the-way places like MidWorld Costa Rica and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Cayo to Manuel Antonio takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In April, Manuel Antonio is slightly colder than Cayo - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

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

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Jaco Beach and Playa Bejuco. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, get lost in a book at Jaco Library and Learning Center, explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, and look for gifts at Carton the Surf Shop.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Jaco vacation app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Herradura, Carara National Park, Playa Bejuco
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Horseback Riding Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco

3
nights
Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and San Juanillo Beach. Get in touch with nature at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Samara Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Barrigona Beach in Playa Samara (about 40 minutes away). There's more to do: look for gifts at Nativa Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nosara tour itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Jaco to Nosara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Nosara, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Samara, San Juanillo Beach
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Monkey Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Costa Rica Sailing Center (in Playa Potrero). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Dolores Shop.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip planning app .

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Costa Rica Sailing Center, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Shark Diving, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Shark Diving

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and Veragua Rainforest Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Tamarindo in April, expect nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to be somewhat warmer, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Veragua Rainforest Park
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Rio Chollin. Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Ecocentro Danaus will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park to see Rio Celeste about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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