56 days in Central America Itinerary

56 days in Central America Itinerary

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56 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
4
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
7
Montezuma, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
8
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
9
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Canada

6
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cinta Costera and Panama La Vieja. Go for a jaunt from Panama City to Colon to see Gatun Locks about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, delve into the distant past at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and view the masterpieces at Weil Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City online route planner .

Montreal, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Montreal in January, expect Panama City to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Gatun Lake ©
Gatun Lake
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 14th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

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Traveling by flight from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Parasailing & Paragliding

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rio Celeste and Lake Arenal. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste
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River Rafting & Tubing
Food Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

6
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pura Aventura and Playa Avellana. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). Saddle up on the 28th (Tue) and explore with a tour on horseback. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica'n Art Craft
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
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.
On the 29th (Wed), view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Samara Beach and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara visit planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nosara
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Spas
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

4
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Curi Cancha Reserve and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Guacimal River Bridge 2 in Puntarenas, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

Before you visit Monteverde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

2
nights
Montezuma, Costa Rica

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Bri'ah Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews and tourist information, use the Montezuma trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Monteverde to Montezuma takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Montezuma

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Horseback Riding Tours

5
nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum and Green Iguana Conservation Project. When in Cayo, make a side trip to see Half Moon Caye National Monument in Glovers Reef Atoll, approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Caracol, explore the fascinating underground world of MayaWalk Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Sak Tunich Art Gallery, and savor a hot drink at Art Box Belize arts & crafts center.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Montezuma to Cayo with the Route module. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Half Moon Caye National Monument
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours
Caracol ©
Caracol

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Lamanai Archaeological Reserve. Take a break from Belize City with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha, see the interesting displays at Luba Garifuna Cultural Museum, make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument, and learn more about the world around you at St John's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Belize City online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cayo to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In February, daytime highs in Belize City are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

The Belize Zoo, Altun Ha, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
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Zipline
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

2
nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then shop like a local with Red Flower Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Shark Ray Alley. On the next day, head off the coast to Caye Caulker.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Caye Caulker vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Belize City to Caye Caulker takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Spas. Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, cast your line with a fishing tour, get outside with Rum Punch II, and browse the different shops at Wings SanPefro.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro trip builder website .

Getting from Caye Caulker to San Pedro by car takes about an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Gumbalimba Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails, examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum, and make a trip to Flamingo Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip maker website .

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, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

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