51 days in Central America Itinerary

51 days in Central America Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Uvita, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Bus to San Jose Terminal MEPE, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 6 nights

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Safaris will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Venado Caves and Paradise Hot Springs. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica — 4 nights

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 out of the city life by going to Sensoria Land of Senses and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and Playa Hermosa. Spend the 24th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 5 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visiting Playa Conchal and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Avellana and Potrero Beach. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Off-Road Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Guiones. It doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara online tour planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco, Costa Rica — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Carara National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jaco itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Jaco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 5 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Biesanz and Raindrop Spa. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playas Gemelas. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Rainmaker Park in Parrita, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at La Playita, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita, Costa Rica — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Uvita Waterfall. We've included these beaches for you: Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Cano Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Naturaseekers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Drake Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica — 4 nights

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Puerto Viejo and Playa Punta Uva. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Cocles and Nature Observatorio. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip tool.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 5 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Escape the urban bustle at Belize Diving Services and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mexico Rocks and Secret Beach Belize. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Shark Ray Alley, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Pedro in 12.5 hours. Another option is to 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Roatan.
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Roatan, Honduras — 7 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Explore hidden gems such as Coconut Tree Divers and Mayan Day Passes. Get outdoors at Tabyana Beach and West Bay Beach. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Cristina Physiotherapy & Massage Roatan, get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Roatan Beach Club, and look for all kinds of wild species at Little French Key.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Roatan vacation maker.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Roatan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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