15 days in Central America Itinerary

15 days in Central America Itinerary

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15 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Kansas City, United States
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
5
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  13​h
End: Kansas City, United States

2
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and then look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Barton Creek Cave and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Ignacio road trip tool .

Kansas City, USA to San Ignacio is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cayo
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Zipline
Barton Creek Cave ©
Barton Creek Cave

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.
On the 10th (Wed), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company. Keep things going the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, then get a taste of the local shopping with Belizean Arts, and finally view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Pedro trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daytime highs in San Pedro are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Spas
Belize Chocolate Company ©
Belize Chocolate Company

2
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach. On the next day, explore the activities along Half Moon Bay and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Roatan road trip planning tool .

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Manuel Antonio in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Horseback Riding Tours, Spas, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Uvita Beach
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

1
night
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
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.
On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

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

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Avellana and Shark Diving. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo, about 30 minutes away. It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Shark Diving, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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