31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  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
+2
Bus + Foot + 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.
On the 5th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Rio On Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Creek art walter castillo home art gallery, view the masterpieces at Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Center, and then stroll through St Herman's Cave.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cayo day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Cayo is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cayo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time 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

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Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cavetubing5star and Caribbean Spice Belize. Escape the urban bustle at Billy Barquiedier National Park and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. There's more to do: appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Belize City journey maker tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cayo to Belize City in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Cavetubing5star ©
Cavetubing5star
The Belize Sign Monument ©
The Belize Sign Monument

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nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Explore hidden gems such as Shark Ray Alley and Belize Chocolate Company. Visiting Turneffe Reef and Rum Punch II will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of The Gallery of San Pedro, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro holiday builder app.

Getting from Belize City to San Pedro by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shark Ray Alley, Turneffe Reef
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Turneffe Reef ©
Turneffe Reef
Rum Punch II ©
Rum Punch II

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Half Moon Bay and Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Roatan Beach Club and Fishing Charters & Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Roatan road trip site.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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.
Visiting Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal 1968 Trail will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Ecological Sanctuary are in your itinerary. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Venado Caves, stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Roatan to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mike’s Nature Tours and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Espadilla Norte and Horseback Riding Tours. There's more to do: do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Manuel Antonio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palo Seco Beach and Playa Bejuco. Step off the beaten path and head to Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Neo Fauna CR.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jaco route maker app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Bejuco, Palo Seco Beach, Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and finally browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas

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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): kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, 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: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then test your team's savvy at Nosara Escape.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): get a tailor-made plan with Cesar Adventure Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cesar Adventure Tour
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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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, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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