60 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

60 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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60 days in Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Roatan, Honduras
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+3
Drive + bus + Drive + ferry:  6​h 15​min
7
Bocas Town, Panama
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  18​h 45​min
8
Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Holguin, Cuba
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Varadero, Cuba
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

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 Fishing Charters & Tours and Secret Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Ray Alley and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of San Pedro with an excursion to The Estuary of Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker--about 30 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and get a taste of the local shopping with Belizean Arts.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro road trip site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Pedro is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Tel Aviv to San Pedro, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, things will get a bit warmer in San Pedro: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

8
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Roatan online itinerary maker .

Fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. November in Roatan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Roatan

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

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Playa Avellana. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Playa Conchal. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Samara Beach), MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara) and Playas del Coco (Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco & Shark Diving). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Roatan to Tamarindo takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Nosara, Playa Samara, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Shark Diving
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Curi Cancha Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and La Fortuna de San Carlos (Mirador El Silencio, Galeria Estudio, & more). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Venado Caves, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel route planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Zipline, Venado Caves, Rio Celeste
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

6
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 discover tucked-away gems like Uvita Beach and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Birding Spots Manuel Antonio (in Quepos), Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Magic Ananda (in Uvita). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, walk around Parque Nahomi, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita, Dominical, Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

6
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Get in touch with nature at Starfish Beach and Boca del Drago. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Bluff and Wizard Beach. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at Up In The Hill, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the sky in a new way at Plastic Bottle Village.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bocas Town trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and ferry from Tortuguero to Bocas Town takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tortuguero in December, expect nights in Bocas Town to be somewhat warmer, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wizard Beach, Playa Bluff, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, Up In The Hill
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Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Wizard Beach ©
Wizard Beach
Dolphin Bay Preserve ©
Dolphin Bay Preserve

1
night
Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

Cayo Santa Maria
An island off Cuba's north central coast, Cayo Santa Maria has become known for its long sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria and then kick back and relax at Playa Cayo Santa Maria.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Santa Maria day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bocas Town to Cayo Santa Maria. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bocas Town in December since evenings lows in Cayo Santa Maria dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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2
nights
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Playa Pilar and then stroll through Cayo Guillermo. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Rocarena Climbing Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. In December in Cayo Guillermo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cayo Coco
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Rocarena Climbing Center ©
Rocarena Climbing Center

5
nights
Holguin, Cuba

Holguin ©
Not overly touristy, Holguin offers a different perspective on Cuban life, standing as a major city that doesn't seek to commercialize its past or cover itself in all inclusive resorts.
Take a break from the city and head to Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park and Playa Esmeralda. Visit Playa Pesquero and Guardalavaca Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Holguin with an excursion to Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail in Guardalavaca--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Saetia Island, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sierra Maestra, make a trip to Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Isidore Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Holguin online trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Cayo Guillermo to Holguin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Holguin, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sierra Maestra, Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Playa Pesquero ©
Playa Pesquero
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park

3
nights
Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Get outdoors at Playa Mal Tiempo and Playa Paraiso. Step off the beaten path and head to Sea Turtle Hatchery and Playa Blanca Beach. There's more to do: stroll through Sirena Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at El Torreon Nursery.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cayo Largo trip planner .

You can fly from Holguin to Cayo Largo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Cayo Largo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

6
nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Explore hidden gems such as Coral Beach and Cuevas de Bellamar. Get in touch with nature at Varadero Beach and Parque de la Libertad. Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Lolo Galeria-Taller, Ermita de Monserrate, & more). Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club, stroll around Josone Park, contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave, and get outside with Cienaga de Zapata.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Varadero takes 3 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Varadero, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

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