11 days in Central America Itinerary

11 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC, United States
Subway + Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
2
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3 h
3
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  9 h 15 min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly + 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
+6
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  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): look for gifts at 12 Belize, look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company, and then view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More and then explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro online itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to San Pedro is an approximately 8- hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in September; daily highs in San Pedro reach 88°F and lows reach 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More ©
Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More

1
night
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Belize City online vacation planner.

You can drive from San Pedro to Belize City in 2.5 hours. September in Belize City sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belize City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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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.
To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Belize City to Tikal National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or drive. You will leave for Panama City on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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): get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, then make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), and then make a trip to Panama Canal. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then don't miss a visit to Avenida Balboa, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Panama City vacation planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Panama City in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tikal National Park to Panama City due to the time zone difference. September in Panama City sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
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.
On the 20th (Thu), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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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.
On the 21st (Fri), get a dose of the wild on Ecocentro Danaus and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then head outdoors with El Salto, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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