50 days in Central America Itinerary

50 days in Central America Itinerary

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50 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  13​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 16 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
7
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

16
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get some historical perspective at Bahai Temple and Iglesia de la Merced. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panama City: Gamboa (Panama Rainforest Discovery Center & Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion), Colon (Portobelo National Park, Observation Centre Canal Expansion, & more) and Taboga Island Beaches (in Isla Taboga). Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Altos De Campana National Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Paseo de Las Bovedas, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City visit planning website .

Vancouver, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Vancouver in January, with highs in Panama City at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Colon, Gamboa, Portobelo, Barro Colorado Island, Isla Santa Catalina
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 31:
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Panama Rainforest Discovery Center ©
Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
Bahai Temple ©
Bahai Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Playas del Coco ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Dantita. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Crazy Alex CR. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Tio Leo Coffee Tour (in Liberia) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, get a taste of the local shopping with Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco visit planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Panama City to Playas del Coco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa Dantita, Scuba & Snorkeling, Tio Leo Coffee Tour, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita

4
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 some cultural insight at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and Koss Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Monkey Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Nosara (Spas & Wellness & SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary) and Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Werner Sauter Biological Reserve). There's still lots to do: step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and get outside with Tamadventures.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Nosara
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
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River Rafting & Tubing
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Ecological Sanctuary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge and Bogarin Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, Head underground at Venado Caves, and trek along Arenal 1968 Trail.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Ecological Sanctuary, Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El O'scars Galleria and The Captain's Booty. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Uvita (Santa Lucia Falls & Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela, take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, head outdoors with Barraba's Surf, and stroll through Playas Gemelas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker .

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 your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours

3
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Neo Fauna and Palo Seco Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Fishing Charters & Tours. Go for a jaunt from Jaco to Puntarenas to see Catedral de Puntarenas about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Linda.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palo Seco Beach, Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, Playa Linda, Tarcoles Bridge, Catedral de Puntarenas
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

3
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Get a sense of the local culture at El Pilar and Sak Tunich Art Gallery. Get outdoors at St Herman's Cave and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from San Ignacio: Rio On Pools (in Augustine), Big Rock Falls (in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve) and Art Box Belize arts & crafts center (in Belmopan). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Belize Botanic Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Cappello's Art Gallery, head outdoors with True Vine Adventures, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave World Adventures (Actun Chapat).

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Ignacio trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jaco to San Ignacio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Belmopan, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, Cave World Adventures (Actun Chapat), True Vine Adventures, Big Rock Falls
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:
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St Herman's Cave ©
St Herman's Cave
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch ©
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch
Rio On Pools ©
Rio On Pools

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belizean Arts and Red Flower Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Shark Ray Alley. Change things up with these side-trips from San Pedro: Caye Caulker (The Estuary of Caye Caulker, Turneffe Reef, & more). There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro holiday tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Shark Ray Alley
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Zipline
Turneffe Reef ©
Turneffe Reef

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Get some cultural insight at Waves of Art and Shawn Jackson Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum and Mahogany Bay. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Arch's Iguana & Marine Park, kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach, and stroll through Grand Roatan Beach Club.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Roatan online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daytime highs in Roatan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 3:
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Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum ©
Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

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