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
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Belize City side-trips: 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. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Vital Nature and Maya Tours, pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument, and look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Belize City trip itinerary builder app.

Halifax, Canada to Belize City is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Halifax to Belize City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Halifax in January, things will get warmer in Belize City: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive 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, delve into the distant past at 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project and then Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Ignacio, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Belize City to San Ignacio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can fly 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, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from San Ignacio to Caye Caulker takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. 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. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro vacation planner.

Ride a ferry from Caye Caulker to San Pedro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. January in San Pedro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get impressive views of Momotombo and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): stop by Artesania de Leon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Leon trip simple and quick.

You can fly from San Pedro to Leon in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Traveling from San Pedro in January, expect nights in Leon to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Islets of Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, view the masterpieces at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, and examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

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Traveling by car from Leon to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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.
On the 17th (Tue), head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach and then identify plant and animal life at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur route maker.

Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. January in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough 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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to 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). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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 stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Supyoga Costa Rica, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Belize travel guide

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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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