13 days in Costa Rica & Belize Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica & Belize Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica & Belize Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
4
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cayo, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada


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1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary builder .

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): hike along Ecocentro Danaus and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin, and then stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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 8th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio vacation maker app .

You can 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 your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Jose day trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. January in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Ray Alley and The Gallery of San Pedro. Do your shopping at Belizean Arts and Belize Chocolate Company. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours and see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to San Pedro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. January in San Pedro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum, identify plant and animal life at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, and then stop by The Orange Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo route maker .

Getting from San Pedro to Cayo by combination of flight and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. In January, daytime highs in Cayo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rio On Pools ©
Rio On Pools
Big Rock Falls ©
Big Rock Falls
The Orange Gallery ©
The Orange Gallery

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