21 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

21 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Start: Dublin, Ireland
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  19 h
1
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Cayo, Belize
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
7
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h
8
Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Dublin, Ireland

1
night
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
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.
On the 4th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through The Estuary of Caye Caulker, and then see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker online sightseeing planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Caye Caulker is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Caye Caulker is minus 6 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Caye Caulker hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. On the 5th (Mon), you're off to Cayo.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to House of Culture and then contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum, then browse the exhibits of Sak Tunich Art Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Caracol.

Before you visit Cayo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Caye Caulker to Cayo by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, shuttle, flight, and car. In August in Cayo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Cayo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Caracol ©
Caracol
Sak Tunich Art Gallery ©
Sak Tunich Art Gallery

2
nights
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Get a sense of the local culture at Volcán Pacaya and Iglesia de La Merced. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guatemala City: Antigua (Casa Santo Domingo Museums, Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, &more). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Merced.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Guatemala City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Cayo to Guatemala City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cayo in August: high temperatures in Guatemala City hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Antigua
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcan de Agua ©
Volcan de Agua

2
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad. On your second day here, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose driving holiday planner.

Fly from Guatemala City to San Jose in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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 Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Spend the 15th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: stroll through Proyecto Asis and take in the dramatic scenery at El Canto Waterfall.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday maker tool.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Safaris
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mike’s Nature Tours
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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 18th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Punta Culebra Nature Center, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary planner.

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

3
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get a sense of the local culture at Malecón of Havana and Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, and steep yourself in history at El Morro.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Havana trip planner.

Getting from Panama City to Havana by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Havana when traveling from Panama City in August, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

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