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7 Itineraries to Central America for a First-Timer

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The top seven itineraries to Central America for a first-timer capture the spirit of the tropical jungle, the wonders of the Caribbean ambiance, the splendor of the Pacific coastline, and the intrigue of ancient cultures.

You can find your best experiences guided by your travel preferences and styles as you explore the treetops on a zipline excursion or search for quetzals hidden in the rainforest canopy, wind through dense jungle to find soaring Mayan ruins or delve into welcoming waters to snorkel along the second-largest barrier reef in the world.

Whether interested in remote wildlife or architectural wonders, island living or pristine white sands, you can bask in your custom trip to Central America with inspiration from our top seven sample itineraries.

Overview

  1. 1. Secluded Rainforest Costa Rica Adventure
  2. 2. Tropical Beaches to Lush Jungle: Beautiful Belize Escape
  3. 3. Handcrafted Costa Rica Tour: Finest Tropical Escape
  4. 4. 10-Day Family Adventure of Ancient Maya, Caves, and Barrier Reefs in Belize
  5. 5. Costa Rica for Couples: Choose Your Own Adventures
  6. 6. Hallmarks of Belize Tour: Ancient Ruins, Rich Culture, Thriving Tropics
  7. 7. Honeymoon Bliss in Belize: Nine-Day Tour of the Wilderness and Sea
  8. Learn More About How to Plan Your Central America Trip

1. Secluded Rainforest Costa Rica Adventure

Caño Island, Costa Rica

Caño Island, Costa Rica

Length: Nine days

Places Visited: Santa Juana, Corcovado National Park, Puerto Jiménez

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Secluded Rainforest Costa Rica Adventure is a nine-day tour that captures the seclusion and wonders that stretch from the tropical jungle to the Pacific Ocean.

Experience the grandeur of wildlife on land and sea at Cano Island National Park and search for marvelous hidden species in one of the most biologically intense destinations in the world.

From private coffee tastings to breathtaking panoramas, you can indulge in the combination of jungle adventure and luxurious escape in the endless splendors of Costa Rica’s celebrated rainforests.

2. Tropical Beaches to Lush Jungle: Beautiful Belize Escape

Paradise Beach on beautiful island South Water Caye, Belize.

South Water Caye, Belize

Length: Eight days

Places Visited: Belize, Toledo District, Placencia Peninsula, Belize Barrier Reef

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

This eight-day Tropical Beaches to Lush Jungle: Beautiful Belize Escape features the natural and cultural charms of the landscape and Caribbean Sea. Relax in luxurious comforts, search for refreshing waterfalls, and discover glimpses into the past.

From the world’s second-largest barrier reef to ruins that demonstrate the opulence of the Mayan Empire, the shimmering colors of the Five Blues Lake to the satisfying flavors of chocolate crafted by an expert chocolatier, the tropical beauty of Belize will exceed your expectations.

3. Handcrafted Costa Rica Tour: Finest Tropical Escape

Beach sunset at Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita, Costa Rica

Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita, Costa Rica

Length: 11 days

Places Visited: Uvita, Arenal, Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonio

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Find perfect luxury tailored to your tastes and preferences on this Handcrafted Costa Rica Tour: Finest Tropical Escape, where extravagance and sustainability meet. Bask in the soothing comforts of natural thermal baths and indulge in the treasured jungle coastline of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Find impressive beaches along the Costa Ballena and wander through the canopy on a guided hanging-bridge tour. Whether kayaking in search of colorful fish or horseback riding along the pristine coastline, you can find the perfect experience for you.

4. 10-Day Family Adventure of Ancient Maya, Caves, and Barrier Reefs in Belize

Young boy shows off a starfish he found while snorkeling in Belize

Belize

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: San Ignacio, Belmopan, Placencia Peninsula

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

This 10-Day Family Adventure of Ancient Maya, Caves, and Barrier Reefs in Belize is a marvel of experiences for families with children of all ages. Experience the true diversity of Belize as you capture the myths of Mayan ruins and explore an underground cave complex.

Paddle through calcite-crystal caves and venture into the jungle at night in search of nocturnal wildlife. Zip-line, snorkel, and boat along the Monkey River amidst the wild sounds of howler monkeys as you discover the natural marvels and cultural splendors of Belize as a family.

5. Costa Rica for Couples: Choose Your Own Adventures

Couple on a suspension bridge among the tropical splendor of Costa Rica

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Length: Nine days

Places Visited: San Jose, Arenal, Limon, Puntarenas

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Costa Rica for Couples: Choose Your Own Adventures gives you the opportunity to embrace the romantic ambiance of the jungle, Caribbean Sea, and Pacific coast. Embrace the beauty of a tour customized to your preferences and interests as you settle into an evening beneath the jungle canopy with a candlelit dinner or indulge in a couple’s massage.

Unwind in natural thermal pools or ride horseback through the dense rainforest to reach an unforgettable waterfall. From finding the bioluminescent waters of the Pacific to rushing down the white water of the Pacuare River, you can enjoy the adventure or melt into relaxation.

6. Hallmarks of Belize Tour: Ancient Ruins, Rich Culture, Thriving Tropics

Xunantunich surrounded by lush jungle landscape in Belize

Cayo District, Belize

Length: 13 days

Places Visited: Tikal, Cayo District, Actun, Five Blues Lake National Park, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Xunantunich, Belize Barrier Reef, Placencia, Hopkins

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Belize opens worlds of historic splendor and natural wonder on this Hallmarks of Belize Tour: Ancient Ruins, Rich Culture, Thriving Tropics.

With incredible luxuries that welcome you beneath the jungle canopy or along the Caribbean Sea, you can embrace an overwater bungalow looking into the world’s second-largest reef and travel up the Monkey River to find manatees and crocodiles.

Embrace the adventure deep in the tropical landscape to find Maya ruins and revel in a night cruise beneath the stars. Whether sampling local chocolate or learning how to cook traditional Maya cuisine, you will have a new perspective of beautiful Belize.

7. Honeymoon Bliss in Belize: Nine-Day Tour of the Wilderness and Sea

Beautiful sunset at Caye Caulker in Belize.

Caye Caulker, Belize

Length: Nine days

Places Visited: San Ignacio, Thatch Caye

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Relax into the unparalleled romantic ambiance during the Honeymoon Bliss in Belize: Nine-Day Tour of the Wilderness and Sea to find the perfect couple’s getaway. Delight in the ultimate tropical ambiance with a combination of adventure, relaxation, and passion as you wander through a stunning cave network and horseback ride across a lush coastal landscape.

Unravel the mysteries of the ancient Maya. Witness the sparkling cobalt colors of the Five Blues Lake. Explore the marvelous marine life and coral garden around a private island. Indulge in a starlight cruise and revel in a couple’s spa treatment as you celebrate bliss in charismatic Belize.

Learn More About How to Plan Your Central America Trip

Scuba diver exploring the Blue Hole and Barrier Reef of Belize

Great Blue Hole, Belize

Central America can immerse you in exceptional biodiversity and marvelous microclimates to reveal unique worlds unlike anywhere else across the globe. Uncover the marvels of the barrier reef or a secluded corner protecting great green macaws. Search for the footsteps of jaguars or climb to the top of a Mayan temple for an unforgettable view of the surrounding jungle expanse.

From looking for sea turtles on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to traveling upstream in Belize to find playful manatees, making chocolate in the tropical atmosphere to visiting with sharks and manta rays, indulge in the unique as you embrace natural and cultural wonders.

Find more inspiration for your perfect trip with Zicasso’s Central America Vacations & Tours. Speak with a travel specialist to start planning your custom trip or call our team at 1-888-265-9707 to speak with a Travel Care Specialist.

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