31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

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31 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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 2nd (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then stroll through Mexico Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, and then view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro day trip planning app .

Toronto, Canada to San Pedro is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in January, with highs in San Pedro at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Spas

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Mexico Rocks ©
Mexico Rocks
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Spas

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabyana Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, look for gifts at Karma Jewelry Design, explore the galleries of Shawn Jackson Gallery, and get outside with Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Roatan day trip tool .

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Roatan

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

2
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian and then get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Leon itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Leon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Roatan in January: highs in Leon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas

5
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Hermosa and Shark Diving. We've included these beaches for you: Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Playa Avellana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Flamingo (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours), Belen Waterfall (in Playa Samara) and Lis Umana Beachwear (in Playas del Coco). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Monkey Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip planning app .

You can drive from Leon to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Flamingo, Belen Waterfall, Playa Hermosa, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Playa Hermosa, view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

4
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.
Get outdoors at Playa Biesanz and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Uvita Beach in Uvita--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online vacation builder .

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Uvita Beach, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Rio Chollin and Paradise Hot Springs. Venture out of the city with trips to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

6
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.
Visiting Punta Uva Beach and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Veragua Rainforest Park and Nature Observatorio. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online visit planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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