13 days in Central America Itinerary

13 days in Central America Itinerary

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13 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 day
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Houston, United States

1
day
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), stroll through Tamarindo Beach, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner .

Houston, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and get outside with Salto.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 6th (Mon), get interesting insight from Tours and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), make a trip to Panama Canal, and then stop by PTYlocal. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Panama City visit website .

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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.
Step out of San Pedro with an excursion to Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro road trip planner .

You can fly from Panama City to San Pedro in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Panama City in January: high temperatures in San Pedro hover around 81°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tabyana Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bay Beach, and then stop by Karma Jewelry Design. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Palm Beach Roatan and then identify plant and animal life at Little French Key.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Roatan online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Roatan are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

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