30 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

30 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

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Nassau, Bahamas
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Harbour Island, Bahamas
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Paradise Island, Bahamas
— 4 nights
Taxi to Nassau, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Salvador
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Salvador, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Nassau, Bahamas — 3 nights

On a trip to Nassau you can immerse yourself in a dynamic city atmosphere or spend your days lazing on the soft golden sands.
Nassau is known for theme parks, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Cable Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabbage Beach, laugh and play at Aquaventure, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nassau trip planner.

Belfast, UK to Nassau is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Belfast in June, with highs in Nassau at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Harbour Island.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Harbour Island, Bahamas — 2 nights

The casual Bahamian vibee of Harbour Island comes through in its atmospheric seaside eateries, the colonial English architecture of its main urban zones, and its wealth of attractive coastal areas.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with ​Eleuthera Sailing Adventures and then stroll through Pink Sands Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Princess Street Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at Fitness with Tamara, and then steep yourself in history at Dunmore Town.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Harbour Island day trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Nassau to Harbour Island in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Paradise Island.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Paradise Island, Bahamas — 4 nights

Located just off the shore from the capital city, Paradise Island offers glamorous gambling, luxury living, and a welcome dose of island exploration as well.
Paradise Island is known for zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine Habitat at Atlantis, take in nature's colorful creations at The Cloister, browse the different shops at Marina Village, and play a few rounds at Paradise Island Golf Club.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paradise Island planner.

Ride a ferry from Harbour Island to Paradise Island in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cartagena.
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Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Golf

Cartagena, Colombia — 4 nights

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Las Bovedas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paradise Island to Cartagena in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 3 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 Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Jaco). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Cartagena to Manuel Antonio in 10 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cartagena to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero road trip website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car 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: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, see Off-Road Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planning site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 24th (Fri), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Salvador.
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Salvador, Brazil — 5 nights

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Salvador is known for beaches, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Pelourinho, see the interesting displays at Casa do Rio Vermelho, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Farol da Barra, and take in panoramic vistas at Elevator Lacerda.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Salvador travel planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Monteverde to Salvador in 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Salvador can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Bahamas travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Water & Amusement Parks
Part of an archipelago encompassing hundreds of islets and cays, Bahamas boast many pink beaches, which get their vibrant color from fractured seashells mixed with ordinary sand. For most pleasure seekers an ideal holiday in Bahamas consists of various sea activities, occasionally interrupted by tours of several cities, offering an eclectic music scene dominated by calypso, soca, and junkanoo genres. Romantic enough to attract newlyweds from around the globe, the islands are also a major center of eco-tourism, with visits to national parks and diving tours in colorful reefs among the most popular things to do in Bahamas.
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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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State of Bahia travel guide

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Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
In the early 16th century, original Portuguese explorers landed on the coastline of today's State of Bahia, a northeastern region where South America meets Africa. The mix of these two disparate cultures remains one of the main reasons to take a trip to State of Bahia, though a growing number of tourists also come for a chance to see protected sea turtle nesting grounds, hike to dramatic waterfalls, and spot whales along the coastline. National parks top most State of Bahia itineraries, serving as quiet and largely unspoiled wilderness areas that offer a peek into what most of Brazil looked like when the first Europeans arrived. Start your State of Bahia tour in state capital Salvador, a colonial-era city known for its attractive churches and cobblestoned streets.
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