38 days in Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

38 days in Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

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Kingston, Jamaica
— 7 nights
Fly
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
Drive
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive
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Masaya, Nicaragua
— 1 day
Drive
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Ceiba, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly to San Pedro Sula, Bus to Copan Ruinas
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Ana Department, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
Fly
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Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kingston, Jamaica

— 7 nights
The country's capital, Kingston offers all the excitement of a lively and storied city, while also housing the services and facilities travelers need to get around and see the rest of the island.
Get out of town with these interesting Kingston side-trips: Ocho Rios (Blue Hole, Dunn's River Falls and Park, &more), Bob Marley Museum (in St. Ann's Bay) and Blue Mountain Peak (in Blue Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, look for gifts at Chocolate Dreams, stroll around Nelson Mandela Park, and pause for some photo ops at Devon House.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kingston online visit planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Norman Manley International Airport, Ian Fleming International Airport and Sangster International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Kingston

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 8:

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 9th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then stroll around Parque La Sabana. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Jose day trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kingston to San Jose. Traveling from Kingston to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kingston in October, things will get a bit cooler in San Jose: highs are around 80°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

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.
To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monteverde route planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 11th (Wed), you'll travel to Nuevo Arenal.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nuevo Arenal road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Nuevo Arenal takes 2.5 hours. You will leave for San Juan del Sur on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Nuevo Arenal

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur trip itinerary website.

Getting from Nuevo Arenal to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Granada, Nicaragua

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Masaya.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Masaya, Nicaragua

— 1 day

Cradle of Nicaraguan Folklore

Quickly accessible from both Managua and Granada, culturally rich Masaya remains one of the best places to visit if you're looking to purchase authentic Nicaraguan handicrafts.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stop by Masaya Crafts Market.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Masaya online attractions planner.

Masaya is just a short distance from Granada. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Managua.

Things to do in Masaya

Shopping
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Managua, Nicaragua

— 2 nights

Bride of Xolotlan

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at PALACIO DE LA CULTURA, pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Revolucion, and finally don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve, stop by Mercado Roberto Huembes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and finally don't miss a visit to Loma de Tiscapa.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Managua trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Masaya to Managua by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Cabezas.

Things to do in Managua

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

— 2 nights
Puerto Cabezas is a municipality in Nicaragua. Puerto Cabezas is known for wildlife and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Bocanita Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Cabezas travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Managua to Puerto Cabezas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Puerto Cabezas sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. On the 19th (Thu), you're off to La Ceiba.

Things to do in Puerto Cabezas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
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La Ceiba, Honduras

— 3 nights

Honduras's Girlfriend

The port city of La Ceiba has become known as a party town, with a bustling nightlife district central to its atmosphere.
Step out of La Ceiba with an excursion to Pico Bonito National Park in Pico Bonito--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Cayos Cochinos, kick back and relax at Malecon Guillermo Anderson, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Isidro.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Ceiba online road trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Cabezas to La Ceiba in 22.5 hours. In October in La Ceiba, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in La Ceiba

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

— 1 night
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve and then explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Copan Ruinas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Ceiba to Copan Ruinas by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from La Ceiba in October, with highs in Copan Ruinas at 80°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Ana Department.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

Santa Ana Department, El Salvador

— 2 nights
Santa Ana is a department of El Salvador in the northwest of the country. On the 25th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Tazumal, then take in the dramatic scenery at Chorros de la Calera, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Ana Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Ana Department driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Copan Ruinas to Santa Ana Department in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Santa Ana Department are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Santa Ana Department

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Guatemala City, Guatemala

— 1 night

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

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Drive from Santa Ana Department to Guatemala City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Ana Department in October; daily highs in Guatemala City reach 76°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 7 nights
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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

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Take a shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 3:

Flores, Guatemala

— 1 night
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
On the 3rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing and then get to know the resident critters at Petencito Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, and then explore the ancient world of Parque arqueologico uaxactun.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Flores holiday builder site.

Fly from Antigua to Flores in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in November; daily highs in Flores reach 81°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:

Belize City, Belize

— 2 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 5th (Sun), appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Belize Zoo, and finally stop by Diamonds International.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Belize City trip planning site.

Getting from Flores to Belize City by car takes about 4 hours. In November in Belize City, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 72°F at night. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

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