54 days in Central America Itinerary

54 days in Central America Itinerary

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54 days in Central America Itinerary

Jerusalem, Israel
+2
bus + train + Fly:  20​h 15​min
Panama City, Panama
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 15​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 9 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 7 nights
Fly:  30​min
Orange Walk, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + train + foot + bus:  20​h 30​min
Jerusalem, Israel

7
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Visit Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Albrook Mall and Multiplaza Pacific. Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Colon (Gatun Locks & Fort San Lorenzo). There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Panama City trip planner .

Jerusalem, Israel to Panama City is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Jerusalem to Panama City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

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Colon, Isla Santa Catalina
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
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Avenida Balboa

3
days
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Hermosa and see Playa Hermosa, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Panama City to Tamarindo by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
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Playa Avellana

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen. Venture out of the city with trips to Montezuma Falls (in Montezuma) and La Escuela Del Sol (in Cabuya). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa online route planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Montezuma Falls, La Escuela Del Sol
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

5
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.
Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: stop by Hummingbird Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, stroll through The Bat Jungle, and kick back and relax at Playa Blanca ( White Beach ).

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde attractions planning app .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Playa Blanca ( White Beach )
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Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

9
days
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and stop by Souvenir Leo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) 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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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

5
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.
Head to Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spicesfor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Playa Matapalo in Quepos, approximately 44 minutes away. Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, look for gifts at Super Joseth, take a memorable tour with Tours, and delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo

4
days
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galeria Namu and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Do your shopping at Chocolatería Sibú and Chieton Moren. Venture out of the city with trips to Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro (in Sarchi) and Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) (in Cartago). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, ponder the world of politics at Correos de Costa Rica, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cocos Island National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Chocolatería Sibú, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
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7
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Head to Belize Chocolate Company and Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and Morefor plenty of shopping. Spend the 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, get a new perspective on things with Kitexplorer San Pedro, stop by 12 Belize, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by flight from San Jose to San Pedro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in August: high temperatures in San Pedro hover around 37°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Orange Walk.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Belize Chocolate Company ©
Belize Chocolate Company
Spas & Wellness

0
days
Orange Walk, Belize

Orange Walk
An agricultural town that has become an economic hub, Orange Walk sits in a privileged position among ecologically diverse landscape, fertile fields, and historical ruins.
For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Orange Walk online journey planner .

Orange Walk is just a short distance from San Pedro. Traveling from San Pedro to Orange Walk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. You will leave for Tikal National Park on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Orange Walk

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park road trip website .

You can drive from Orange Walk to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. 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 (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

5
days
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and Joyeria C'Santos Antigua. Head to Casa de Artes and Paseo Cayalafor some retail therapy. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Mercado Central, Palacio Nacional, & more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, look for gifts at Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and steep yourself in history at Church of San Francisco.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Antigua are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Casa de Artes ©
Casa de Artes
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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