9 days in Central America Itinerary

9 days in Central America Itinerary

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9 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Baltimore, United States
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
End: Baltimore, United States

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 27th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by 12 Belize, then look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company, and finally look for gifts at Toucan Fly. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More and then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro tour builder app .

Baltimore, USA to San Pedro is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Baltimore to San Pedro. Traveling from Baltimore in December, things will get much warmer in San Pedro: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Belize Chocolate Company ©
Belize Chocolate Company

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Panama City journey planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Panama City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In December in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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 ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): trek along Ecocentro Danaus and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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