13 days in Costa Rica & Belize Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica & Belize Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip planner

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Fly to San Jose, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly to Belmopan, Drive to Cayo
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Cayo, Belize
— 3 nights
Bus to Belize City, Fly to Toronto

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 1 day

Walaba

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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning tool.

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

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin, and then hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

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Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping

San Pedro, Belize

— 2 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Head to Belize Chocolate Company and The Gallery of San Pedrofor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Ray Alley and Belizean Arts. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro visit planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to San Pedro takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cayo.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Cayo, Belize

— 3 nights
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and then look for gifts at The Orange Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cayo itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Cayo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. In January in Cayo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. 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 · Shopping

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Belize travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.