25 days in Central America Itinerary

25 days in Central America Itinerary

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25 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Canberra, Australia
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  30​h
1
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  3​h 15​min
9
San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
10
Roatan, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Canberra, Australia

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 16th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jaco trip planner.

Canberra, Australia to Jaco is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to Jaco is minus 16 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carara National Park, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Uvita road trip website .

Drive from Jaco to Uvita in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Dominical
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque Nahomi, get interesting insight from Tours, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Visiting Rio Chollin and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Playa Avellana. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan my day in Tamarindo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Playas del Coco ©
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 28th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally shop like a local with Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco holiday tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
River Rafting & Tubing
Shark Diving

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla San Jose, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, then see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, and finally make a trip to Panama Canal.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Panama City journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Playas del Coco to Panama City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Playas del Coco to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In January in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Iglesia de San José ©
Iglesia de San José
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

3
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 out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Fishing Charters & Tours. Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see the vivid underwater world at Mexico Rocks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Pedro trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Panama City to San Pedro in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Pedro. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Panama City in January; daily highs in San Pedro reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Mexico Rocks ©
Mexico Rocks

2
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Xunantunich, Head underground at MayaWalk Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read San Ignacio online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cayo
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours
Barton Creek Cave ©
Barton Creek Cave

1
night
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 5th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Tabyana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then browse the different shops at Diamonds International.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Roatan day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Ignacio to Roatan. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

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