11 days in Central America Itinerary

11 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC, United States
+6
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  10 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  8 h 15 min
End: Washington DC, United States

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route tool.

Washington DC, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12- hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel route tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online route planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and then stop by Casco Viejo. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then make a trip to Panama Canal.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Panama City trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Panama City are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro journey planning app.

You can fly from Panama City to San Pedro in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Pedro due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in April, and nighttime lows around 76°F. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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