12 days in Central America Itinerary

12 days in Central America Itinerary

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12 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Eau Claire, United States
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  11​h
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Eau Claire, United States

2
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, take in the exciting artwork at Zukia Art Gallery, stop by Jimmy T's Provisions, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jaco trip builder site .

Eau Claire, USA to Jaco is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tarcoles Bridge, Jimmy T's Provisions
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts
Jimmy T's Provisions ©
Jimmy T's Provisions

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.
On the 4th (Sat), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then stroll through Playa Biesanz. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nauyaca Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
On the 6th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin, and finally admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route planning tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then shop like a local with Luluberlu Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning app .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Shopping

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery of San Pedro and then explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then shop like a local with Belizean Arts, then stop by Belize Chocolate Company, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Pedro trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Pedro takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Shopping Parks Spas

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
Highlights from your plan
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Spas
Belize Chocolate Company ©
Belize Chocolate Company

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