8 days in Central America Itinerary

8 days in Central America Itinerary

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8 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Syracuse, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Syracuse, United States

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online road trip planner .

Syracuse, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 4th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and then look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd..

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to San Pedro in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and flight. July in San Pedro sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. You will leave for home on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

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