11 days in Central America Itinerary

11 days in Central America Itinerary

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11 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  11 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Bus + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
3
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Ferry:  4 h
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Shuttle + Fly:  9 h
5
Roatan, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

2
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.
On the 18th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app.

New York City, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Playa Flamingo ©
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 20th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Flamingo online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Flamingo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Playa Flamingo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

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Ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Spas
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Walking tours

1
night
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
On the 24th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then look for gifts at Rusty Fish. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Shawn Jackson Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Tabyana Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Roatan trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Roatan in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In July in Roatan, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

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Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

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nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 26th (Sun), cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, explore and take pictures at Shark Ray Alley, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by 12 Belize, and then view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Pedro holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Spas

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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