11 days in Central America Itinerary

11 days in Central America Itinerary

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11 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
5
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Diego, United States

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Lis Umana Beachwear.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Playas del Coco is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Lis Umana Beachwear ©
Lis Umana Beachwear

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Monkey Park, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To plan Tamarindo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Wild Sun Rescue Center, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

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

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at The Captain's Booty.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online trip maker .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Visiting Tabyana Beach and Shark Diving will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Roatan Rum Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan trip planning website .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Roatan by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In August in Roatan, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Roatan Rum Company ©
Roatan Rum Company
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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