9 days in Central America Itinerary

9 days in Central America Itinerary

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9 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Hamilton, Bermuda
Fly:  15​h
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  9​h
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: Hamilton, Bermuda

1
day
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Gumbalimba Park, and then browse the different shops at Diamonds International.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Roatan trip itinerary planning app .

Hamilton, Bermuda to Roatan is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Hamilton in January, expect Roatan to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Gumbalimba Park ©
Gumbalimba Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours and then see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More and then identify plant and animal life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Fishing Charters & 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Church, then make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), and then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Panama City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Pedro in January, with highs in Panama City at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Iglesia de San José ©
Iglesia de San José

1
day
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to Monteverde in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Panama City to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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