32 days in Belize, Nicaragua & Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Belize, Nicaragua & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
Ferry
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Belize City, Belize — 2 nights

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belize City: Altun Ha (in Rock Stone Pond) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). On the 3rd (Tue), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Vital Nature and Maya Tours, look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, and appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Belize City trip planner.

Halifax, Canada to Belize City is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Halifax to Belize City. Traveling from Halifax in January, things will get warmer in Belize City: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Ignacio.
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San Ignacio, Belize — 2 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stop by Kaj Expressions Cayo, then contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and then delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project and then explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Ignacio online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Belize City to San Ignacio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Caye Caulker.
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Caye Caulker, Belize — 1 night

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
On the 6th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at The Split, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then stop by Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Caye Caulker trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from San Ignacio to Caye Caulker in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Caye Caulker, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 5 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach Belize, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and look for gifts at 12 Belize.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read San Pedro trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by ferry from Caye Caulker to San Pedro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 2 nights

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Momotombo and then get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Artesania de Leon, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Leon trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Leon takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. When traveling from San Pedro in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Leon: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Xalteva, get impressive views of Mombacho, and don't miss a visit to Parque Xalteva.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Granada online vacation planner.

You can drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.
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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 17th (Tue): head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, then soothe aching muscles at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, and then stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur trip maker site.

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 5 nights

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 4 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Aurora Yoga, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 2 nights

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 28th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monteverde sightseeing app.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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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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