59 days in Central America Itinerary

59 days in Central America Itinerary

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Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 7 nights
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Placencia, Belize
— 4 nights
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Drive to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 8 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
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Belize City, Belize

— 3 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Belize and Luba Garifuna Cultural Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at V.I.V. Tours and Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve. When in Belize City, make a side trip to see Art Box. Belize Arts & Crafts Center in Belmopan, approximately Belmopan away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Cavetubing5star, admire the striking features of Supreme Court of Belize, pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument, and stroll around Billy Barquiedier National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Belize City holiday app.

London, UK to Belize City is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In November, Belize City is warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Caye Caulker, Belize

— 2 nights
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker and then explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): stroll through Turneffe Reef, cast your line with The Spearfishing Shack, then view the masterpieces at Red Flower Gallery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker travel route builder tool.

Ride a ferry from Belize City to Caye Caulker in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

San Pedro, Belize

— 7 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get outdoors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Secret Beach Belize. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Belize Food Tours and Skydiving. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, shop like a local with Belize Chocolate Company, view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, and see the world from above with C & S Golf Cart Rental.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the San Pedro attractions planning site.

Ride a ferry from Caye Caulker to San Pedro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 13th (Sat), you're off to Placencia.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 13:

Placencia, Belize

— 4 nights
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Get outdoors at Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Placencia Wildside Adventures. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pumpkin Caye and Maya Center Mayan Museum. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Evolution Beach Gym, get outside with Air Belize Skydiving Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Placencia Fellowship, and take in the exciting artwork at Lola Art Studio.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Placencia day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Placencia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. November in Placencia sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Antigua.

Things to do in Placencia

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 8 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Volcán Pacaya and Antigua Canopy Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like ChocoMuseo and Arco de Santa Catalina. Step out of Antigua to go to Escuintla and see Auto Safari Chapin, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, explore the ancient world of La Recoleccion, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Escuela de Cristo.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Antigua online journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Placencia to Antigua. Traveling from Placencia in November, things will get slightly colder in Antigua: highs are around 27°C and lows about 17°C. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 25:

Leon, Nicaragua

— 4 nights
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cerro Negro Volcano and Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian. Visiting Volcano Day and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, scramble along the landscape with Sonati, and examine the collection at Museo Ruben Dario.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Leon trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Antigua in November, things will get a bit warmer in Leon: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

Granada, Nicaragua

— 2 nights

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Parque Xalteva, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Xalteva, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Mi Museo.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Granada trip app.

Traveling by car from Leon to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 4 nights
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rancho Chilamate and Playa Remanso. Escape the urban bustle at San Juan del Sur Beach and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, get outside with Flyboard Nicaragua, view the masterpieces at The Art Warehouse, and stroll through Marsella Valley Nature Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 8 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.
Get outdoors at Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wood & Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Drive from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 13:

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Bat Jungle and San Luis Waterfall. Get some cultural insight at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Arte Jaguar Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal), Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa (in Puntarenas) and Skydive Pura Vida (in Aranjuez). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve, trot along with Equus Monteverde, relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center, and surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Nature Guided Tours.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Skydive Costa Rica. Visit Playas Gemelas and Playa Espadilla Norte for some beach relaxation. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at La Playita, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Boquete.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:

Boquete, Panama

— 2 nights
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
On the 26th (Sun), stop by The Zapadora, then contemplate the waterfront views at Los Cangilones de Gualaca, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): settle in for a delightful tour with Boquete Outdoor Adventures, explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos, then tour in harmony with nature at Eco Horqueta, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Boquete Tree Trek Eco Adventure Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Boquete online route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Boquete in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Boquete, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Panama City, Panama

— 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then let the river carry you with Adventures Panama.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Boquete to Panama City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.