57 days in Central America Itinerary

57 days in Central America Itinerary

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57 days in Central America Itinerary

Toronto, Canada
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Placencia, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​min
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Nosara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Toronto, Canada

5
days
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Popular historic sites such as Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Caracol and Actun Tunichil Muknal. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, Head underground at MayaWalk Tours, and admire the sheer force of Rio On Pools.

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Toronto, Canada to Cayo is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in April, with highs in Cayo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Placencia.

Things to do in Cayo

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

4
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Spas & Wellness. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Outback Trails will get you outdoors. Explore Placencia's surroundings by going to Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (in Hopkins) and Dangriga (Maya Center Mayan Museum & Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve).

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Placencia holiday builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cayo to Placencia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Placencia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in Placencia

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Dangriga, Outback Trails, Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

5
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Explore hidden gems such as The Belize Zoo and Zipline. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Cavetubing5star. Explore Belize City's surroundings by going to Caye Caulker (Turneffe Reef, The Estuary of Caye Caulker, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Altun Ha Ruins, don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument, and identify plant and animal life at Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Belize City road trip planning app .

Belize City is just a stone's throw from Placencia. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Altun Ha, The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Zipline
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

6
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Spas & Wellness. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Shark Ray Alley will get you outdoors. Spend the 24th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, get a new perspective on things with Kitexplorer San Pedro, look for gifts at 12 Belize, and head outdoors with Rum Punch II.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro online trip itinerary builder .

San Pedro is just a short distance from Belize City. In April in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

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

5
days
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Get some cultural insight at Gumbalimba Park and Rusty Fish. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bay Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Roatan planning website .

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Roatan

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Gumbalimba Park ©
Gumbalimba Park
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get some cultural insight at Casco Viejo and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. Gatun Locks and El Arco Chato will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Church, and take a stroll through Cinta Costera.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Panama City sightseeing app .

You can fly from Roatan to Panama City in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Roatan to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jaco.

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

5
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Visiting Jaco Beach and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Piedra de Fuego in Esparza (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, make a trip to Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

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Explore your travel options from Panama City to Jaco with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Jaco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Herradura, Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, Piedra de Fuego, Carara National Park
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and La Playita. Take a break from the city and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel route builder website .

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

5
days
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. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Arenal, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and trek along Ecocentro Danaus.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

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. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Puerto Viejo Beach and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Relax by the water at Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Puerto Limon--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary maker tool .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

2
days
Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the 24th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. On the next day, stroll through Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosara trip website .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Nosara by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Nosara is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Nosara, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Hermosa and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Avellana and Cesar Adventure. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Costa Rica Sailing Center (in Playa Potrero). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo visit planner .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Cesar Adventure, Costa Rica Sailing Center, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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