56 days in Jamaica & Central America Itinerary

56 days in Jamaica & Central America Itinerary

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56 days in Jamaica & Central America Itinerary

Start: Maastricht, Holland
+2
train + Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Cayo, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  10​h
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
6
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
9
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
11
Port Antonio, Jamaica
— 1 day
bus:  2​h
12
Kingston, Jamaica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Negril, Jamaica
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + train + bus:  18​h 15​min
End: Maastricht, Holland


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4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to MayaWalk Tours and Caracol. Step out of Cayo with an excursion to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, admire the sheer force of Big Rock Falls, Head underground at Actun Tunichil Muknal, and explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cayo trip itinerary planning app .

Maastricht, The Netherlands to Cayo is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Maastricht to Cayo, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Maastricht in July; daily highs in Cayo reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

The Belize Zoo
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
Caracol ©
Caracol
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Gallery of San Pedro and Aria Kat Art. Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Ray Alley and Spas & Wellness. Get out of town with these interesting San Pedro side-trips: Caye Caulker (Turneffe Reef & The Estuary of Caye Caulker). And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Belize Chocolate Company, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro itinerary planning site .

Getting from Cayo to San Pedro by combination of car and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. In July in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye
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Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tabyana Beach and Sandy Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Diving and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 4th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort, browse the different shops at Diamonds International, and explore the activities along Half Moon Bay.

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You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Chiquita. Get outdoors at Playa Cocles and Redfrogteam Biological Station. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio, get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, stop by Cho.co, and take in the dramatic scenery at Voilo Waterfall.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 10 hours. Another option is to fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Manzanillo, Bribri
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
Get outdoors at Rio Chollin and Paradise Hot Springs. Step off the beaten path and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Fortuna de San Carlos: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Cavernas del Venado (in Alajuela). There's much more to do: trek along Ecocentro Danaus, delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Cavernas del Venado, Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

4
nights
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Playa Flamingo ©
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Shark Diving. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and Playa Conchal. Step out of Playa Flamingo with an excursion to Playa Hermosa in Playa Hermosa--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Garra de Leon Golf Course.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Flamingo online attractions planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Flamingo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Shark Diving, Playa Hermosa, Zipline
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Shark Diving
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Horseback Riding Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Avellana and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Playa Garza (in Garza), Tamarindo (Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa & Scuba & Snorkeling) and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at dondeJavitours, stroll through Playa Buena Vista, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip planner.

Getting from Playa Flamingo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Nosara, Playa Garza, Playa Carrillo
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa road trip planner .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Biesanz and Playas Gemelas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Matapalo in Quepos (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 29th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nahomi, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Fishing Charters & Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

6
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.
Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Linda and Playa Mantas. Spend the 5th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco, take in the exciting artwork at Bambu, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco holiday tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Herradura, Playa Linda, Carara National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
day
Port Antonio, Jamaica

Port Antonio ©
A coastal getaway from coastal getaways, Port Antonio offers a break from the more touristy retreats in the west of the island.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Nanny Falls, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take a stroll through Titchfield.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Antonio trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Jaco to Port Antonio with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Port Antonio sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kingston.

Things to do in Port Antonio

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nanny Falls
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Nanny Falls ©
Nanny Falls

2
nights
Kingston, Jamaica

Kingston ©
The country's capital, Kingston offers all the excitement of a lively and storied city, while also housing the services and facilities travelers need to get around and see the rest of the island.
On the 9th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Holywell Recreational Area and then head outdoors with Lime Cay. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Trench Town, shop like a local with Jamaica National Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and design of University Of The West Indies - Mona.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kingston trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Antonio to Kingston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kingston can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Negril.

Things to do in Kingston

Outdoors Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Lime Cay ©
Lime Cay
Trench Town ©
Trench Town
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

3
nights
Negril, Jamaica

Negril ©
Once Jamaica's hidden gem, Negril has significantly expanded its infrastructure without losing its casual way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica, then stop by Irie Art, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bluefields Beach.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Negril journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kingston to Negril takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Negril sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Negril

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bluefields Beach
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Half Moon Beach ©
Half Moon Beach
Distillery Tours

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