8 days in Central America Itinerary

8 days in Central America Itinerary

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8 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Roatan, Honduras
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Phoenix, United States

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip maker .

Phoenix, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin, and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Rio Chollin ©
Rio Chollin
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Tue), browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©

1
day
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stop by Roatan Rum Company and then stroll through Tabyana Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip maker app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Roatan in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in September, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Roatan Rum Company ©
Roatan Rum Company

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 Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Belize Chocolate Company and The Gallery of San Pedro. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Pedro trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in September, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling

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