11 days in Central America Itinerary

11 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Shuttle:  11 h
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Ferry:  4 h
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 day
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  10 h
5
Roatan, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Fri), stroll through Playa Conchal and then don't miss a visit to Playa Dantita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo holiday builder.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. In December, Tamarindo is warmer than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Dantita
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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.
On the 1st (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
night
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then browse the different shops at Diamonds International.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Roatan road trip site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Roatan in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Belize City.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Belize City vacation planning website.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to Belize City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Belize City are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

The Belize Zoo
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Zipline
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

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