31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
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Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, enjoy some music at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Jose online trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In January, San Jose is much warmer than Toronto - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

3
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Zipline (in Jaco) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour planner.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

1
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 8th (Wed), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero visit planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder tool.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tamarindo trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
On the 17th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, and then see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at Masaya Volcano and then contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Granada online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Granada

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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Island Divers, identify plant and animal life at Little French Key, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bay Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Roatan trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Granada to Roatan in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

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Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Go for a jaunt from San Pedro to Caye Caulker to see The Estuary of Caye Caulker about 30 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

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

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San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©

Cayo Town

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project and then explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, then explore the galleries of Cappello's Art Gallery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Ignacio tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to San Ignacio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Barton Creek Cave ©
Barton Creek Cave

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Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Take a break from Belize City with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument, stroll through Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, and get a new perspective on nature at St John's Cathedral.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Belize City travel route tool.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Belize City sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

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