31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

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31 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Cayo, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
2
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 15​min
8
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Creek art walter castillo home art gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Box Belize arts & crafts center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at St Herman's Cave.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo trip itinerary planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Cayo is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Cayo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in July: high temperatures in Cayo hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Wildlife
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St Herman's Cave ©
St Herman's Cave
Rio On Pools ©
Rio On Pools
Big Rock Falls ©
Big Rock Falls

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Billy Barquiedier National Park and Altun Ha. Visiting Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and Cavetubing5star will get you outdoors. There's more to do: stop by Caribbean Spice Belize and don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Belize City trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Cayo to Belize City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July in Belize City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Altun Ha, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Cavetubing5star ©
Cavetubing5star

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Visiting Shark Ray Alley and Turneffe Reef will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Rum Punch II. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a taste of the local shopping with Belizean Arts, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery of San Pedro.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro trip planner .

San Pedro is just a stone's throw from Belize City. July in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Turneffe Reef, Shark Ray Alley
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Zipline
Turneffe Reef ©
Turneffe Reef

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort. Get outdoors at Half Moon Bay and Grand Roatan Beach Club. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sandy Bay.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Roatan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Pedro to Roatan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Venado Caves and Butterfly Conservatory. Get outdoors at Paradise Hot Springs and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: Ecological Sanctuary (in Santa Elena) and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada (in Quesada). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, trek along Senderos Los Tucanes, stroll through Arenal 1968 Trail, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website .

Getting from Roatan to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Ecological Sanctuary, Butterfly Conservatory, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and Playa Espadilla Norte. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Mulguri Adventure.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio holiday planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Horseback Riding Tours
Mulguri Adventure ©
Mulguri Adventure

3
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Bejuco and Palo Seco Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Neo Fauna, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jaco trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Bejuco, Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, Palo Seco Beach
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Neo Fauna ©
Neo Fauna
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Tica Surf Bikinis, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas

2
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Buena Vista, then kick back and relax at Playa Garza, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then have some family-friendly fun at Nosara Escape.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara online trip planner .

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Garza
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Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza
Playa Buena Vista ©
Playa Buena Vista
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cesar Adventure. On the next day, push the limits with an extreme tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Cesar Adventure
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco online visit planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Horseback Riding Tours
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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