55 days in Central America Itinerary

55 days in Central America Itinerary

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55 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​min
3
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​min
4
Placencia, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Cayo, Belize
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + bus + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
ferry + taxi:  4​h
9
Nosara, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Paris, France

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Explore hidden gems such as Gumbalimba Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tabyana Beach, explore the activities along Half Moon Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bay Beach, and head outdoors with Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Roatan trip maker website .

Paris, France to Roatan is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Roatan, with highs around 37°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Shopping
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Gumbalimba Park ©
Gumbalimba Park
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Shark Ray Alley. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and get outside with Rum Punch II.

Before you visit San Pedro, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Belize Zoo and Zipline. On the 26th (Tue), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Altun Ha Ruins, don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument, head outdoors with Cavetubing5star, and look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Belize City travel route website .

Belize City is just a short distance from San Pedro. In June, daytime highs in Belize City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly to Placencia.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Placencia, Belize

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Golden Gifts. Get out of town with these interesting Placencia side-trips: Dangriga (Studio Gallery Cayetano & Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve) and Hopkins (Glover's Reef Marine Reserve & Garimaya Gift Shop). Spend the 29th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: stop by Treasure Box.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Placencia trip planner .

Placencia is just a stone's throw from Belize City. June in Placencia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Placencia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hopkins, Dangriga
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xunantunich and MayaWalk Tours. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, stop by Rubba Dub Soap Shop, and explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Placencia to Cayo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July in Cayo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cayo

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

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rio Celeste and Rio Chollin. On the 11th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Cayo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like MidWorld Costa Rica and Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Spend the 15th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and stop by Meli Melo Boutique.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel planning app .

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. July in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Jimmy T's Provisions. There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, browse the collection at Jaco Library and Learning Center, stroll through Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jaco road trip tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Herradura
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Horseback Riding Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Jimmy T's Provisions ©
Jimmy T's Provisions

4
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 Samara Beach and Spas & Wellness. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nosara: Playa Samara (Kingfisher Sportfishing & Barrigona Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), trot along with a tour on horseback, putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, and view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nosara planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Jaco to Nosara in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

6
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pura Aventura. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Flamingo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Fishing Charters & Tours). The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Avellana, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 29:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Spas & Wellness

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore hidden gems such as Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Gatun Lake. Step out of Panama City to go to Colon and see Gatun Locks, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, steep yourself in history at San Jose Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tamarindo to Panama City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tamarindo to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©

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