32 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

32 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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32 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Golfito, Costa Rica
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Boquete, Panama
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Oranjestad, Aruba
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Willemstad, Curacao
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Kralendijk, Bonaire
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
7
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Crown Point, Trinidad and Tobago
— 4 nights
plane:  8​h
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Los Ladrillos and then enjoy some diversion at Boquete Buggies. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): explore the activities along Los Cangilones de Gualaca, then identify plant and animal life at Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge, then get impressive views of Volcan Baru National Park, and finally hike along Eco Horqueta.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Boquete travel planner.

Golfito, Costa Rica to Boquete is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Cangilones de Gualaca
Highlights from your plan
Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge ©
Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park

4
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
You'll explore and learn at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Plastic Bottle Village. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bastimentos National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bocas Town: Changuinola (Rio San San & Aamvecona) and Playa Bluff (in Bluff Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Bay Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago, and walk around Simon Bolivar Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bocas Town, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Boquete to Bocas Town takes 5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Bocas Town are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Changuinola, Isla Colon, Up In The Hill, Playa Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Bay Preserve ©
Dolphin Bay Preserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and Avenida Balboa. Escape the urban bustle at Soberania National Park and Metropolitan National Park. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, get outside with Ancon Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Gatun Lake, and see the interesting displays at Biomuseo.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Panama City trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Bocas Town to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in April, expect nights in Panama City to be slightly colder, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oranjestad.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park

4
nights
Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad ©
When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
California Lighthouse and Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Eagle Beach and Submarine Tours. Explore Oranjestad's surroundings by going to San Nicolas (Cosecha & Baby Beach). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore and take pictures at The Butterfly Farm, and experience rural life at Aruba Ostrich Farm.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oranjestad day trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Panama City to Oranjestad takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Oranjestad. April in Oranjestad sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Willemstad.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

San Nicolas, Palm - Eagle Beach, Arashi Beach, California Lighthouse, Arikok National Park
Highlights from your plan
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach
Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Arikok National Park ©
Arikok National Park

4
nights
Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Appreciate the collections at Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and Evelien Sipkes Studio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kura Hulanda Museum and Punda. Change things up with a short trip to Landhuis Ascension in Barber (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Playa Porto Marie, view the masterpieces at Landhuis Bloemhof, and snap pictures at Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge.

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Getting from Oranjestad to Willemstad by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. April in Willemstad sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kralendijk.

Things to do in Willemstad

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Curacao, Church of Sint Willibrordus, Landhuis Ascension
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cas Abao Beach ©
Cas Abao Beach
Playa Porto Marie ©
Playa Porto Marie

4
nights
Kralendijk, Bonaire

Kralendijk ©
The capital city and main port Bonaire, Kralendijk possesses a rich and varied history and natural heritage to explore on an adventurous and diverse itinerary.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bonaire National Marine Park. Get some historical perspective at Malmok and Slave Huts. Go for a jaunt from Kralendijk to Washington-Slagbaai National Park to see Seru Grandi about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Klein Bonaire, get engrossed in the history at Terramar Museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get to know the resident critters at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kralendijk trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Willemstad to Kralendijk in 2 hours. April in Kralendijk sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Port of Spain.

Things to do in Kralendijk

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bonaire, Washington-Slagbaai National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bonaire National Marine Park ©
Bonaire National Marine Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Klein Bonaire ©
Klein Bonaire

5
nights
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain ©
Port of Spain, the country's capital, sits between the sea and a scenic green mountain range, and acts as a gateway for eclectic adventures on land and sea.
Get outdoors at Asa Wright Nature Centre and Caroni Swamp. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum and Art Gallery and Fort George. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port of Spain: Yerette (in Maracas Bay) and Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (in San Fernando). There's still lots to do: stroll through Maracas Beach, make a trip to Queen's Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount St. Benedict Monastery, and walk around Queen's Park Savannah.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port of Spain travel route site .

Getting from Kralendijk to Port of Spain by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. April in Port of Spain sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Crown Point.

Things to do in Port of Spain

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinidad, Yerette, Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Highlights from your plan
Queen's Park Savannah ©
Queen's Park Savannah
Asa Wright Nature Centre ©
Asa Wright Nature Centre
Maracas Beach
Maracas Beach

4
nights
Crown Point, Trinidad and Tobago

Crown Point ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort King George and Fort James. Genesis Nature Park & Art Gallery and Tobago Historical Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Little Tobago (in Northeast Coast) and Argyle Waterfall (in Scarborough).

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Crown Point online vacation planner .

Drive from Port of Spain to Crown Point in 4.5 hours. May in Crown Point sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Crown Point

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tobago, Scarborough, Fort James, Little Tobago, Mount Irvine Beach
Highlights from your plan
Buccoo Reef ©
Buccoo Reef
Pigeon Point Beach ©
Pigeon Point Beach
Little Tobago ©
Little Tobago

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