9 days in Honduras, Belize & Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Honduras, Belize & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Cardiff


Roatan, Honduras — 2 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Coconut Tree Divers and Roatan Island Brewing Co.. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Karma Jewelry Design and walk around Gumbalimba Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Roatan online tour planner.

Cardiff, UK to Roatan is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Cardiff to Roatan. Traveling from Cardiff in September, things will get much warmer in Roatan: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to San Pedro.
Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Parks

San Pedro, Belize — 2 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Pedro trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. September in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 28th (Wed).
Spas · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 1 night

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 29th (Thu), stroll through Bogarin Trail, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Getting from San Pedro to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 2 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 (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo vacation website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Spas · Adventure · Beaches
Side Trip

Honduras travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.

Belize travel guide

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.

Costa Rica travel guide

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.