43 days in Central America Itinerary

43 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America holiday planner

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive to Changuinola, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Ferry to Belize City, Bus to San Ignacio
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
Bus to Belize City, Fly to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Step out of the city life by going to Curi Cancha Reserve and Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monteverde Orchid Garden and El Trapiche Tour. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

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Manchester, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manchester to Monteverde. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Potrero Beach and Off-Road Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip planning website.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

— 3 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Hermosa and Playa Nacascolo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Diving and Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience. Change things up with a short trip to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
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 Butterfly Conservatory and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Rio Celeste. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin, and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Off-Road Tours & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:

Uvita, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall and then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uvita online vacation planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 4 nights

Walaba

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 Playa Punta Uva and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Relax by the water at Playa Cocles and Playa Puerto Viejo. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip website.

Drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:

Panama City, Panama

— 4 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cinta Costera and Iglesia de San José. Casco Viejo and Iglesia del Carmen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, make a trip to Panama Canal, see the interesting displays at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ), and head outdoors with Ancon Hill.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Panama City trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums
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San Pedro, Belize

— 4 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Ray Alley and Skydiving. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Spas & Wellness. Spend the 10th (Wed) 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 shop like a local with Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip planner.

You can fly from Panama City to San Pedro in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Panama City to San Pedro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:

San Ignacio, Belize

— 3 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Popular historic sites such as Cahal Pech and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and Green Iguana Conservation Project. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to House of Culture.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio attractions app.

Getting from San Pedro to San Ignacio by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Roatan, Honduras

— 7 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Escape the urban bustle at Coconut Tree Divers and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tabyana Beach and Palm Beach Roatan. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Diamonds International, explore the galleries of Roatan Underwater Museum, kick back and relax at Little French Key, and relax and rejuvenate at Spa Baan Suerte.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Roatan day trip planning site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Roatan in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In November, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 21: