11 days in Central America Itinerary

11 days in Central America Itinerary

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11 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​min
2
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h
3
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  8​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + bus + Fly + bus + subway:  11​h 30​min
End: Washington DC, United States


2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stop by 12 Belize, then look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company, and then view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More and then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip site .

Washington DC, USA to San Pedro is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. Traveling from Washington DC to San Pedro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in September: high temperatures in San Pedro hover around 88°F and lows are around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
12 Belize ©
12 Belize

1
night
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Belize City day trip planning tool .

Belize City is very close to San Pedro. In September, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belize City

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park tour planner.

Getting from Belize City to Tikal National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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Tikal ©
Tikal

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, then make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), and then make a trip to Panama Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then make a trip to Avenida Balboa, and finally explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to Panama City in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hike along Ecocentro Danaus and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then head outdoors with Salto, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To find out how to plan a trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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