52 days in Central America Itinerary

52 days in Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Temiskaming Shores, Canada
Drive + Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
9
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15 h 45 min
10
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h
11
La Libertad, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2 h 15 min
12
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
End: Temiskaming Shores, Canada

4
nights
Liberia, Costa Rica

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Rio Perdido. Get out of town with these interesting Liberia side-trips: Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco). Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. It doesn't end there: stop by Nahua.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Liberia online visit planner.

Temiskaming Shores, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Temiskaming Shores to Liberia due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Province of Guanacaste, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Rio Perdido
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park

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 Fishing Charters & Tours and San Juanillo Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Pura Aventura. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Cesar Adventure Tour in Playa Matapalo--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan my day in Tamarindo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Liberia to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, San Juanillo Beach, Cesar Adventure Tour
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Color, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip planner.

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 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Horseback Riding Tours

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Relax by the water at Barrigona Beach and Playa Garza. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve (in Nicoya). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Garza, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Horseback Riding Tours
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Viento Fresco Waterfall and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Explore Monteverde's surroundings by going to Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal), La Reserva Forest Reserve (in Tilaran) and Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa (in Puntarenas). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), stroll through Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Wild Hikes, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tilaran, Sustainability Demonstration Center, Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa ©
Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Butterfly Conservatory. Get in touch with nature at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Safaris. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in Cano Negro, approximately Cano Negro away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, stroll through Arenal Wilberth Stables, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, and walk around Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Safaris

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Espadilla Norte and Playas Gemelas. Change things up with a short trip to Rainmaker Park in Parrita (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Mike’s Nature Tours, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
nights
Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get in touch with nature at Kokopelli and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Uvita online trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Kokopelli, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli

3
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 Punta Uva Beach and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Get in touch with nature at Nature Observatorio and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ara Manzanillo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park, Redfrogteam Biological Station, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
nights
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Step out of the city life by going to Volcan Maderas and Volcan Concepcion. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isla Ometepe and Los Ramos. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Cascada de San Ramon, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Istian, and examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla de Ometepe online holiday maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Isla de Ometepe. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Libertad.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Volcan Concepcion ©
Volcan Concepcion
Volcan Maderas
Volcan Maderas

1
night
La Libertad, El Salvador

La Libertad ©
The coastal town of La Libertad combines grittiness with beachside tranquility to create one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Tamanique Waterfalls and then identify plant and animal life at Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Walter Thilo Deininger National Park, then kick back and relax at El Sunzal, and then make a trip to Malecon Puerto de la Libertad.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Libertad road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla de Ometepe to La Libertad. In August in La Libertad, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in La Libertad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Tamanique Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje ©
Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje
Tamanique Waterfalls ©
Tamanique Waterfalls
Walter Thilo Deininger National Park ©
Walter Thilo Deininger National Park

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Relax by the water at Tabyana Beach and Grand Roatan Beach Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Diving and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Half Moon Bay, examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, and get outside with Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Roatan attractions planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from La Libertad to Roatan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Roatan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Shark Diving

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