51 days in Central America Itinerary

51 days in Central America Itinerary

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51 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
11
Belmopan, Belize
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder website .

Dublin, Ireland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dublin to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

5
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Uva Beach and Nature Observatorio. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Cocles and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Biesanz and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Dominical (Nauyaca Waterfalls & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store). There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, walk around Parque Nahomi, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Uvita Beach, Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and Off-Road Tours. Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Palo Seco Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, get great views at Mirador de Jaco, take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge, and take in the exciting artwork at Bambu.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jaco trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tarcoles Bridge, Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, Palo Seco Beach, Carara National Park
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach

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 22nd (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, get interesting insight from Tours, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery.

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Do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Avellana and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal), Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) (in Nosara) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, see Off-Road Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online visit planner .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), Garra de Leon Golf Course, Horseback Riding Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

4
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.
Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Rio Negro Hot Springs. Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Liberia (Costa Rica'n Art Craft & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online vacation planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Hermosa, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de la Asunción and Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian. Popular historic sites such as Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus and Church The Recollection are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, stop by Juanmarcos Design, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Las Penitas, and contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Leon trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Playas del Coco to Leon by car takes about 5.5 hours. While traveling from Playas del Coco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Leon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Leon

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

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Visiting Tabyana Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Sandy Bay Beach and West Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Rusty Fish, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Roatan holiday builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Leon to Roatan in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Leon in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Roatan: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Ray Alley and Belizean Arts. Get in touch with nature at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for gifts at 12 Belize, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read San Pedro travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Belmopan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

9
nights
Belmopan, Belize

Belmopan ©
Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
Get in touch with nature at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Caracol for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belmopan: Queen Street Baptist church (in Belize City), San Ignacio (Creek art walter castillo home art gallery, Cappello's Art Gallery, & more) and Studio Gallery Cayetano (in Dangriga). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Art Box Belize arts & crafts center, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Belmopan holiday planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Belmopan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. December in Belmopan sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belmopan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

San Ignacio, Cayo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, Studio Gallery Cayetano, Queen Street Baptist church
Highlights from your plan
Caracol ©
Caracol
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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