Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Central America Vacations & Tours

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<p>Central America offers a world of discovery that spans spectacular wildernesses and colonial facades with a history of intermixing cultures. From the conical volcanoes in Costa Rica to Mayan ruins in Belize, adventurous and cultural experiences span far and wide. Encounter these gems with Zicasso’s custom Central American vacations.</p>

Central America offers a world of discovery that spans spectacular wildernesses...

Central America offers a world of discovery that spans spectacular wildernesses and colonial facades with a history of intermixing cultures. From the conical volcanoes in Costa Rica to Mayan ruins in Belize, adventurous and cultural experiences span far and wide. Encounter these gems with Zicasso’s custom Central American vacations.

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Bocas del Toro, Panama
Best of Panama & Costa Rica Vacation Package

13 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,895

Adventure, natural beauty, and luxury become the focus of your 13-day Costa Rica and Panama vacation. Explore stunning beaches lined with tropical jungle. Search for unique wildlife in untouched cloud forests. Fly through the trees. Wander along secluded hiking trails and embrace memorable panoramas as you travel from volcanic foothills to remote islands, lush highlands to historic urban neighborhoods.

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Caño Island, Costa Rica
Secluded Rainforest Costa Rica Adventure

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,218

With seclusion comes adventure during your exciting 9-day Costa Rica off the beaten path tour. Embrace the majesty of the soaring mountains and the exciting intensity of the jungle terrain. Revel in the sunset over the Pacific, listen to the chattering birdlife or wander the forest. Whether searching for exuberant sea life or exciting wildlife hidden in the canopy, you can embrace the variety and adventure of Costa Rica.

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Xunantunich surrounded by lush jungle landscape in Belize

Embark on the ultimate mix of history, adventure, and natural beauty during your 13-day Belize tour with every detail customizable to your desired experiences. You have endless options at your fingertips, from plunging into the depths of Maya architecture at Xunantunich to diving into the sea in search of sea turtles. Night safaris, cave viewing, and horseback riding barely scratch the surface of possibilities for your Belize trip. Handcrafted for 2022, this sample itinerary is here to inspire.

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

Belize’s diverse and bountiful natural beauty is displayed on your 10-day family adventure to the Ancient Mayan ruins of San Ignacio, the incredible underground caves near Belmopan, and the breathtaking Belize Barrier Reef off the picturesque coast of Placencia. Trek, paddle, zipline, sail, and more to explore the ancient cities, lush rainforests, glistening shorelines, and captivating caves that await on this thrilling family tour.

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Plaza Vieja in Old Town Havana, Cuba
Celebrate Cuban Culture and Style for 8 Days

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,379

Celebrate Cuban culture on this handcrafted itinerary that encourages you to embrace local experiences, tuck into scrumptious cuisine, and more. You can also enjoy the pleasures of Havana Old Town, the natural beauty of Pinar del Río, and the breathtaking beaches of Playas del Este year-round should you wish to explore the country’s art, history, and scenery for eight days at any time of the year.

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Couple on a suspension bridge among the tropical splendor of Costa Rica
Costa Rica for Couples: Choose Your Own Adventures

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,209

With romantic seclusion and tropical grandeur, you can embrace the treasures of adventure and passion during your 9-day Costa Rica tour for couples and adventure. Enjoy exceptional panoramas, wander through blossoming gardens, or indulge in the seductive quiet of a couple’s massage. From river rafting to birdwatching, powdery white sand to sloths, you can capture the romance of Pura Vida as you explore Costa Rica as a couple.

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Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama
Panama Adventure Tour: Ziplining, Sailing, and Wildlife

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,395

Find vibrant life and endless possibilities on your 8-day Panama Adventure vacation. From delving into the past as you stroll antique streets to immersing yourself in the sounds and aromas of the tropical jungle, diving into pristine turquoise waters to explore coral gardens to venturing into the lush trees in search of wildlife, Panama’s limitless surprises will encourage new discoveries and unforgettable experiences throughout your custom-tailored trip.

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Beach sunset at Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita, Costa Rica
Handcrafted Costa Rica Tour: Finest Tropical Escape

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,998

Luxury and sustainability go hand-in-hand during your handpicked 11-day Costa Rica tour. Whether traveling as an adventurous family or looking for a romantic getaway, this featured tour offers endless options perfect for your needs, goals, and preferences. From sailing through the sky on a zipline or searching for elusive sloths, lounging on pristine beaches or relaxing in thermal springs, you will have the ultimate tour tailored to you.

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Panoramic view from resort in Costa Rica
Superb Costa Rica Getaway: Tropical Paradise and Wildlife

16 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,947

Nestled between Panama and Nicaragua, Costa Rica presents visitors with an abundance of adventure as well as modern comforts, and this 16-day tour has been handcrafted to deliver plenty of both. Throughout this trip, you will enjoy the charms of this unique corner of Central America. From the heights of Mt. Arenal to the shores of Tortuguero National Park, active explorations will ensure that you see and experience everything you desire.

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Caye Caulker, Belize
Honeymoon Bliss in Belize: 9-Day Tour of the Wilderness and Sea

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,350

Enjoy romantic bliss as you explore lush rainforests that sweep across the Cayo District and wallow in tropical waters that surround the private island of Thatch Caye on your 9-day Belize honeymoon. Relish spa therapies surrounded by the sparkling ocean, enter karst limestone caves hidden within the forest, sit back on the soft pearly sands of secluded beaches, and uncover the mysteries of Ancient Maya during your escape.

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Paradise Beach on beautiful island South Water Caye, Belize.
Tropical Beaches to Lush Jungle: Beautiful Belize Escape

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,843

On this 8-day tour, enjoy what is best of Belize, from the stunning natural beauty of the famous barrier reef to the heights of the impressive Mayan ruins at Xunantunich. Perched on the eastern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize remains a top destination for those visiting Central America. By the time the sun sets on your adventures, Belize will leave you charmed and wanting more.

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Mayan temples rise above the treetops like ancient skyscrapers.
Unforgettable Honeymoon in Belize: Romance & Adventure

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,635

Belize is a tropical delicacy brimming with romantic delights and ineffable adventure. Colorful toucans perch on the jungle tree branches. Waterfalls cascade inside limestone caves. Jaguars skulk through the forest underbrush in search of their next meal. Coral glows underneath the crystal-clear water. The soft sand on the beaches feels inviting between your toes. Mayan temples rise above the treetops like ancient skyscrapers. Manta rays glide along the seafloor with elegant movement. Your tour is custom tailored to immerse you in the unforgettable wonder of Belize, from the trees to the coast, romantic candlelit dinners to sunset cruises.

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Cuban Culture and Heritage: Havana to the Bay of Pigs

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,379

If you fancy a chance to immerse yourself in Cuban culture and heritage that spans Havana to the Bay of Pigs, then this eight-day tour of Cuba’s best destinations is perfectly suited to you. Discover old-world charm in Cuba’s vibrant capital, dance to Afro-Cuban music at chic bars in Cienfuegos, appreciate the local flavors of Trinidad, and admire the untamed beauty of the Bay of Pigs during your adventure.

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Exploring the Jungles of Belize & Guatemala Vacation

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,635

The jungle canopy blocks out the sky as magnificent caves hold treasures of Mayan artifacts and hidden waterfalls. Your vacation is customized to immerse you in the spectacular natural features and ancient sites of Belize and Guatemala, providing breathtaking excursions and exhilarating cultural significance. Stalactites and stalagmites turn a cavern into a cathedral; magnificent pyramids highlight the ingenuity and grandeur of past civilizations. Protected jaguars and leaping spider monkeys embody the spirited wildlife concealed in the trees. Belize and Guatemala will take your breath away with its elegant splendor.

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Costa Rica Family Adventure Vacation: Whitewater Rafting, Zip-Lining & More

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $1,867

The family always wants something different on vacation, whether that be relaxing on paradisiacal beaches or exploratory hiking in the mountains, and a family vacation to Costa Rica offer something for everyone. Your family will enjoy this custom tailored family adventure in the diverse and luxurious landscapes of Costa Rica. Trek through lush mountainous rainforest and relax on opulent white sand beaches. Course through whitewater rapids and stroll alongside stunning waterfalls. Whether searching for thrilling shared family time or indulging in the spa while the children horseback ride, you will find adventure and relaxation, delight and family moments during your time in Costa Rica.

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History, Mystery & Splendors of Guatemala and Belize Vacation

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $4,090

Explore the history, mystery and the splendors of Guatemala and Belize on this custom vacation. Temples made of limestone rise hundreds of feet into the sky as caves sink hundreds of feet into the Caribbean Sea. The marvels of Guatemala and Belize encompass historical manmade sites and the natural splendor of Mother Nature. Animated fish swim against the backdrop of coral in a stunning sea garden; hand-woven tunics match the hues of the barrier reef and resemble the wildflowers that grow around an azure lake. Volcanic peaks frame colonial cities, and the mystique adds to the majesty during your custom tailored tour of Guatemala’s highlands and Belize’s seaside opulence.

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Move to the Music of Cuba: Salsa, Rumba, and Afro-Cuban Rhythms

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,379

Embrace the music on this eight-day Cuba tour for an enchanting vacation that introduces you to the rhythms of rumba, the seductions of salsa, and the appealing flow of Afro-Cuban songs. Join local musicians on tours of trendy clubs and dance halls, visit historic landmarks and cultural hotspots in Cuba’s charming cities, and savor a selection of gourmet Cuban cuisine as you move from one vibrant neighborhood to the next.

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Costa Rica Adventure Tour for Solo Travelers

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $1,867

The adventurous spirit waits for no one. On this customizable Costa Rica vacation you will find yourself exploring the far reaches of the countryside, from its shoreline edges to its towering mountaintops. Listen to the birds call out in the morning light and power down rapids as the water thunders around you. Meet like-minded people, filled with vitality and curiosity, engaging the world, one adventure at a time. Your desire to explore propels you forward leaving no reason to wait to visit Costa Rica.

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A Perfect Romantic Getaway to Costa Rica

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $1,867

The moonlight reflects off of the Pacific Ocean. The current sweeps across the soft beach. The aroma of refreshing lemon zest drifts in the breeze. This is only a taste of the romantic luxury in Costa Rica. Each day is tailored to your wish, centered on the fabulous flavors and unique wildlife spread throughout the countryside. The landscape rises and falls with mountains and active volcanoes. The rainforest blocks out the sky and offers hidden waterfalls for you to discover. When you combine decadent food, fabulous luxuries, and unparalleled romance, you find captivating Costa Rica.

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The Colors of Cuba: An Eight-Day Getaway

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,531

Take off on an eight-day cultural adventure to experience Cuba’s vibrant traditions. Join an expert guide as you venture into La Habana Vieja and roll up your sleeves for a private cooking class of some of Cuba's most tantalizing rich flavors. Dance the night away alongside the locals and breathe in the sea air as you discover the pleasures of Cuban food, art, and music.

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Travel Tips for Your Central America Trip
How many countries are in Central America?

Central America packs a lot of diversity into a small geographic region. Connecting North and South America and comprising seven unique countries, each has its own vibrant culture, landscapes, and attractions. The top countries in Central America you can visit on a Zicasso trip include:

When is the best time to visit Central America?

The best time to visit Central America is during the dry season, from December to April. The dry season sees sunny, warm weather ideal for spending time on sun-soaked beaches, enjoying outdoor activities, and seeing wildlife.

The Central American rainy season runs from May to November. These months are quieter, and though humid and rainy, thunderstorms clear quickly. Bear in mind that there are regional differences in weather conditions, as the Caribbean coasts stay drier into June while the Pacific sees earlier rains.

The right time to go depends on your personal travel preferences, and you can work with our travel specialists to determine the best time for your trip.

Where should I visit in Central America?

With ancient ruins, stunning beaches, and diverse ecosystems, Central America offers many exciting destinations for travelers to explore. Some of the best places to visit include:

  • Arenal, Costa Rica: With its stunning volcano views, active hot springs, and lush rainforests, Arenal is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. You can hike through Arenal Volcano National Park, whitewater raft on the Balsa River, and explore the area's diverse wildlife, including sloths, monkeys, and over 500 species of birds.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica: Zipline across the lush canopy and encounter exotic wildlife like the resplendent quetzal on guided hikes. Suspended bridges in the misty forest transport lead you through the protected reserve and one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations.
  • Ambergris Caye, Belize: With its turquoise waters, colorful Caribbean coastline, and access to the magnificent Great Blue Hole, Ambergris Caye offers the perfect tropical island escape. You can snorkel dazzling reefs by day and enjoy fresh seafood and the laidback island lifestyle by night.

Panama City, Panama: Panama City's cosmopolitan energy and cultural charms make it a top destination for luxury tours of Central America. You can explore the historic Casco Viejo district's architectural gems, see the iconic Panama Canal, or escape to Soberania National Park.

What should I do in Central America?

Central America offers endless options for adventure, nature, history and culture. Some of our top things to do in the region include:

  • Explore ancient ruins, from historic temples and artifacts to spectacular Mayan sites
  • Cross the volcanic landscapes on hikes at Acatenango or Arenal
  • Zipline through the lush forest canopies
  • Snorkel to see the marine life living in colorful Central American reefs
  • Visit coffee plantations to savor authentic, traditional Central American coffee
  • Browse colorful handicrafts, textiles and souvenirs at local artisan markets
  • Surf perfect waves at legendary spots like Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica
What are the best beaches in Central America?

From secluded coves to top surfing spots, Central America is filled with beautiful beaches along its Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Some of the best beaches to relax or play in the waves include:

  • Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
  • Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  • Half Moon Bay, Belize
  • Bocas del Toro, Panama

You can find more inspiration for your beach vacation in our guide on the best beaches in Costa Rica.

What is Central America known for?

Known for its incredible biodiversity, multi-faceted cultures, and remnants of ancient civilizations, Central America is a dream region for wildlife enthusiasts, cultural explorers, and history buffs. Wildlife viewing opportunities range from howler monkeys swinging through the jungle to sea turtles nesting on beaches. Central American cuisine fuses pre and post-Columbian ingredients from seafood like ceviche to Mayan favorites like tamales. Finally, the legacy of ancient civilizations persists through ruins at sites like Caracol in Belize.

Is Central America safe?

Central America’s top travel destinations are safe to visit on vacation.

Costa Rica and Belize are considered among the safest countries in Central America. Panama also has low crime rates in the major cities. While petty crime occurs, it rarely affects travelers who use common sense when touring busy areas on trips planned by travel specialists.

We recommend following the advice of your travel specialist when visiting on tours to Central America.

What are your most popular Central America itineraries?

Whether you want to discover the highlights of Costa Rica and Panama or explore the lush forests and ancient cultures of Belize, our best Central America itineraries for first-timers offer some of the best travel ideas for your preferred Central American destination.

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