59 days in Central America Itinerary

59 days in Central America Itinerary

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Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 7 nights
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Placencia, Belize
— 4 nights
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Drive to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 8 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
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Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Belize and Art Box. Belize Arts & Crafts Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at V.I.V. Tours and Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Cavetubing5star, pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument, get a sense of history and politics at Supreme Court of Belize, and walk around Billy Barquiedier National Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Belize City planning tool.

London, UK to Belize City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Belize City due to the time zone difference. In November, Belize City is warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Belize City

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker and then explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): stroll through Turneffe Reef, cast your line with The Spearfishing Shack, then view the masterpieces at Red Flower Gallery, and finally stop by Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker travel route builder tool.

Ride a ferry from Belize City to Caye Caulker in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get outdoors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Mexico Rocks. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Belize Chocolate Company. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an unforgettable tour with C & S Golf Cart Rental, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery of San Pedro.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the San Pedro attractions planning site.

Ride a ferry from Caye Caulker to San Pedro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 13th (Sat), you're off to Placencia.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 13:

4
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Placencia, Belize

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Get outdoors at Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Pumpkin Caye. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Placencia Wildside Adventures and Air Belize Skydiving Center. Go for a jaunt from Placencia to Dangriga to see Maya Center Mayan Museum about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Evolution Beach Gym, explore the galleries of Lola Art Studio, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Placencia Fellowship.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Placencia trip app.

Getting from San Pedro to Placencia by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. November in Placencia sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Placencia

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:

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Antigua, Guatemala

The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Volcán Pacaya and Casa Santo Domingo Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like ChocoMuseo and Iglesia de La Merced. Take a break from Antigua with a short trip to Auto Safari Chapin in Escuintla, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, see the interesting displays at La Azotea, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and surround yourself with nature on Antigua Canopy Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Placencia to Antigua with the Route module. Traveling from Placencia in November, things will get little chillier in Antigua: highs are around 27°C and lows about 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 25:

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Leon, Nicaragua

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cerro Negro Volcano and Volcano Day. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, look for gifts at Juanmarcos Design, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Leon vacation maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Leon takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, Leon is somewhat warmer than Antigua - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

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Granada, Nicaragua

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Parque Xalteva, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Xalteva, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo. On the next day, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then examine the collection at Mi Museo, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rancho Chilamate and Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Remanso and San Juan del Sur Beach. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, push the limits with Flyboard Nicaragua, take in the exciting artwork at The Art Warehouse, and relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Juan del Sur itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In December in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

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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 Bogarin Trail and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 13:

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Bat Jungle and Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa. Get some cultural insight at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Ecological Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Skydive Pura Vida (in Aranjuez) and Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal). There's still lots to do: stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, surround yourself with nature on monteverde nature guided tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Mike’s Nature Tours. Visit Playas Gemelas and Playa Espadilla Norte for some beach relaxation. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, kick back and relax at La Playita, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Boquete.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:

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Boquete, Panama

Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
On the 26th (Sun), stop by The Zapadora, then contemplate the waterfront views at Los Cangilones de Gualaca, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): settle in for a delightful tour with Boquete Outdoor Adventures, explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos, then trek along Eco Horqueta, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Boquete Tree Trek Eco Adventure Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Boquete online route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Boquete in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Boquete, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and finally relax and float downstream with Adventures Panama.

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

Getting from Boquete to Panama City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums
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4.3
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