37 days in Central America Itinerary

37 days in Central America Itinerary

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Bocas Town, Panama
— 6 nights
Ferry to Almirante, Drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Dominical, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Nosara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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El Cuco, El Salvador
— 3 nights
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La Libertad, El Salvador
— 3 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 night
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Bocas Town, Panama — 6 nights

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 some cultural insight at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Plastic Bottle Village. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Starfish Beach and Boca del Drago. Step out of Bocas Town to go to Bluff Beach and see Playa Bluff, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, make a trip to Random Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dolphin Bay Preserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town tour itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Bocas Town is an approximately 11-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bocas Town when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 84°F. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dominical.
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Dominical, Costa Rica — 4 nights

The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Uvita Beach. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dominical sightseeing app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Dominical in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 1 night

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

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Drive from Dominical to Monteverde in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nosara.
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Nosara, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Visit Playa Guiones and Barrigona Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Samara Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from Nosara with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Playa Samara, about 54 minutes away.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nosara travel route planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Nosara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 4 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visit Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Pesca Deportiva in Playa Flamingo, approximately Playa Flamingo away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica — 1 night

On the 21st (Wed), witness the site of a historic battle at Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

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Drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for San Juan del Sur on the 22nd (Thu).
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 4 nights

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.
Visit La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and San Juan del Sur Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Costa Dulce Beach and Zipline. Step out of San Juan del Sur with an excursion to Parroquia San Pedro Apostol Rivas in Rivas--about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Art Warehouse and make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

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Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Managua.
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Managua, Nicaragua — 4 nights

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Get some cultural insight at Iglesia de La Merced and Santiago of Managua Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Apoyo and Dive Nicaragua. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Managua: Ticuantepe (Montibelli Private National Reserve & Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve) and Masaya Crafts Market (in Masaya). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Traces Archaeological Museum Acahualinca and don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Managua day trip website.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Managua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to El Cuco.
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El Cuco, El Salvador — 3 nights

Step out of the city life by going to Conchagua and Playa Las Flores. Museo de la Revolucion Salvadorena and Catedral Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Paz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore El Cuco's surroundings by going to Lake of Alegria (in Alegria) and Gulf Of Fonseca (in La Union).

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the El Cuco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Managua to El Cuco takes 6.5 hours. September in El Cuco sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to La Libertad.
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La Libertad, El Salvador — 3 nights

The coastal town of La Libertad combines grittiness with beachside tranquility to create one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Tamanique Waterfalls and then stroll through Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje. On your second day here, kick back and relax at El Sunzal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Tunco.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read La Libertad online trip maker.

Traveling by car from El Cuco to La Libertad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 1 night

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional El Boqueron.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador trip builder.

Traveling by car from La Libertad to San Salvador takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Salvador when traveling from La Libertad in October, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Bocas del Toro Province travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Outdoor Activities
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama. Its area is 4,643.9 square kilometers, comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante (Almirante Bay), Chiriquí Lagoon, and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro (or Bocas Town) on Isla Colón (Colón Island). Other major cities or towns include Almirante and Changuinola. The province has a population of 125,461 as of 2010.Christopher Columbus and his crew first visited the area in 1502. Bocas del Toro borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Limón Province of Costa Rica to the west, Chiriquí Province to the south, and Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca to the east. The Río Sixaola forms part of the border with Costa Rica. An old railroad bridge spans the river between Guabito and Sixaola, Costa Rica. The bridge is a border crossing used by tourists going between destinations in Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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El Salvador travel guide

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National Parks · Churches · Ruins
El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, has plenty of historical and natural attractions to explore on a rich and varied itinerary. The coastal beaches attract surfers and sunbathers, while the main towns showcase colonial and indigenous cultures in their traditions, architecture, cuisine, and historical sites. Tourism in El Salvador has been stuttering for decades, first because of the Salvadoran Civil War, and now because of gang-related activities and a high crime rate. The vast majority of the country, however, remains unspoiled by the narrative that dominates international headlines. Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination, with natural and manmade highlights uncluttered by tourists and overdevelopment, find such a place in El Salvador.
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