45 days in Central America Itinerary

45 days in Central America Itinerary

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45 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  27​h
1
San Ignacio, Belize
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
ferry:  4​h
7
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Actun Tunichil Muknal and MayaWalk Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Green Iguana Conservation Project and Barton Creek Cave. Get out of town with these interesting San Ignacio side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Belmopan) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). On the 14th (Sat), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, view the masterpieces at Cappello's Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Xunantunich, and look for gifts at Kaj Expressions.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio attractions app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Ignacio is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Cayo, River Rafting & Tubing, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Visiting Shark Ray Alley and Secret Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Spas. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company, view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro tour planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Parasailing & Paragliding
Secret Beach Belize ©
Secret Beach Belize

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shark Diving. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's lots more to do: stroll through Tabyana Beach, view the masterpieces at Shawn Jackson Gallery, stroll around Gumbalimba Park, and deepen your understanding at Steel Pan Alley.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Roatan day trip planning app .

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Roatan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Roatan

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

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature Observatorio and Veragua Rainforest Park. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

6
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 in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Venado Caves. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Butterfly Conservatory. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Arenal Eco Zoo (in El Castillo). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, take in the exciting artwork at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery, and get outside with Canopy San Luis.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo, Rio Celeste
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach. Get in touch with nature at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Uvita (Uvita Waterfall, Magic Ananda, & more). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, shop like a local with The Captain's Booty, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then identify plant and animal life at Wild Sun Rescue Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa holiday 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 your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wild Sun Rescue Center
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Wild Sun Rescue Center ©
Wild Sun Rescue Center

2
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 12th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and then get a taste of the local shopping with Koss Art Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Highlights from your plan
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Horseback Riding Tours

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Avellana. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Spas. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately 38 minutes away. Saddle up on the 18th (Fri) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's still lots to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Volcano Brewing Company, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Sensoria Land of Senses. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Playa Hermosa. Step out of Playas del Coco to go to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste and see Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, shop like a local with Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and stop by Cata Chocolate.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Sensoria Land of Senses, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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