45 days in Central America Itinerary

45 days in Central America Itinerary

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45 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  3​h 15​min
10
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  2​h
11
Belize City, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Dublin, Ireland

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gatun Lake and Gatun Locks. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, head outdoors with Ancon Hill, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Panama City travel route site .

Dublin, Ireland to Panama City is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Panama City. Traveling from Dublin in April, expect Panama City to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Gatun Lake ©
Gatun Lake
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Off-Road Tours. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Horseback Riding Tours) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll through Playa Biesanz, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa travel itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Montezuma
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pura Aventura. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) (in Nosara) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo holiday planner .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

3
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Diving and Playa Hermosa. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Liberia (Costa Rica'n Art Craft & Nahua). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Hermosa, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
River Rafting & Tubing
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

4
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Curi Cancha Reserve and Monteverde Orchid Garden. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online route planner .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Rio Chollin. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca--about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, explore the galleries of Wood & Art Gallery, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

Find out how to plan La Fortuna de San Carlos trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Food Tours

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gumbalimba Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Carambola Gardens, and don't miss a visit to El Faro.

Before you visit Roatan, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Roatan takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Roatan are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gumbalimba Park ©
Gumbalimba Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Turneffe Reef. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Pedro: Caye Caulker (The Estuary of Caye Caulker & Red Flower Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and make a trip to Shark Ray Alley.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip app .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Shark Ray Alley
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and Horseback Riding Tours. Go for a jaunt from San Ignacio to Hopkins to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project, explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave, admire the natural beauty at Belize Botanic Gardens, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio travel route website .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cayo, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Horseback Riding Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Lamanai Archaeological Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the landmark architecture of Supreme Court of Belize, and look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Belize City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

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