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Central America tour Ideas

From Aztec ruins and Catholic cathedrals to lively rainforests and deserted beaches, Central America packs an incredibly diverse array of attractions into a compact area. Collectively, our specialists have explored it all and can help introduce you to a region’s landmark sights, as well as lesser-known attractions that offer a deeper insight into the area’s rich culture, history and wildlife.

Our sample itineraries aim to give you a basic starting point and show you what is possible. However, when it comes to planning your tour, we’ll create a personal itinerary based on your interests —  whether you’re hoping to go whale watching in Baja California, discover jungle-covered Palenque in Mexico, or dive the Blue Hole in Belize.

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Ideas for your trip to Central America

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Central America, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Hotel Punta Islita, Punta Islita

    Hotel Punta Islita break

    Costa Rica
    • Infinity pools with one of the best ocean views in Costa Rica.
    • Hotel Punta Islita is fully committed to ecological and social sustainability.
    • Dine on Costa Rican seafood specialities at the Pacifico Restaurant.
    • The hotel is set on the biodiverse Nicoya Peninsula, surrounded by tropical rainforest.
    • Casa spa uses traditional Costa Rican healing arts and the wisdom of a local herbalist.

    5 days from CAD1,360pp

  • Pool at sunset, Victoria House , Ambergris Caye

    Victoria House break

    • Located right on the Ambergris Caye, the perfect place to scuba dive in the legendary Belize Blue Hole.
    • Dine in privacy under the pier gazebo with delicious food prepared at the Palmilla restaurant.
    • One of a kind beachfront spa offers 36 different treatments for the ultimate relaxation.
    • Snorkel in both the Holchan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.

    5 days from CAD1,385pp

  • Ana Y Jose, Tulum

    Ana y José break

    • The first formal hotel in Tulum has an excellent reputation for service and quality.
    • Suites are exceptionally well decorated with natural materials and Mexican influences.
    • Dine with sand beneath your feet at the beachside restaurant, serving dishes made from local organic ingredients.
    • Indulge in a Mayan mud massage at the relaxing OM spa.

    5 days from CAD1,450pp

  • Lagarta Lodge, Nosara

    Lagarta Lodge break

    Costa Rica
    • The Lodge maintains over 90 acres of its own private nature reserve on the Nicoya Peninsula.
    • Intimate hotel with just 26 suites, set with breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean.
    • Gecko Lounge is the perfect place to watch a classic Costa Rican sunset.
    • Three stunning, protected beaches just minutes walk from the hotel.
    • There is one of the world's largest sea turtle nesting sights just 25 minutes' drive away.

    5 days from CAD1,480pp

  • Blue Hole, Belize

    Belize Beach Break

    • Five night stay at one of Belize's best beachfront hotels.

    • Incredible snorkeling and diving opportunities.

    • Enjoy a sunset boat cruise off Ambergris Caye.

    • Fly over the Great Blue Hole.

    6 days from CAD2,280pp

  • Turtle Inn Resort, Placencia

    Turtle Inn Resort break

    • This small family run hotel has 25 rooms situated in traditional thatched roof cottages.
    • Only a short walk or cycle ride to the nearby fishing village of Placencia.
    • Local fish from the nearby reefs is served with Italian style dishes in the Mare restaurant.
    • The Caribbean's largest barrier reef lies just minutes away.
    • Finish the day with a sunset cruise over the Placencia Lagoon, to spot manatees and dolphins.

    5 days from CAD2,295pp

  • Casa Sandra, Isla Holbox

    Casa Sandra break

    • Casa Sandra has an exclusive feel with only 16 rooms, set on the white sands of Isla Holbox.
    • Take a boat cruise out from the island to visit its neighbors Isla Pasión and Isla Pájaros.
    • Ser Esencia restaurant cooks with local ingredients, inspired by traditional Yucatecan flavors.

    5 days from CAD2,670pp

  • Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Mayan Riviera

    Belmond Maroma break

    • Nestled in 200 acres of jungle and a mile of white sand beach, for the perfect natural escape.
    • Enjoy an alfresco dinner under the stars at El Restaurante.
    • Amazing location to explore the historic and natural sites of the Yucatán.

    5 days from CAD2,755pp

  • Pool deck, Viceroy Riviera Maya

    Viceroy Riviera Maya break

    • Accommodation comprises 41 private villas with their own plunge pool, sunbathing deck and outdoor shower.
    • Coral restaurant and bar is situated right by the water's edge, serving Mexican influenced dishes.
    • Perfectly situated to explore some of the many famous Mayan archaeological sites in the area.

    5 days from CAD3,055pp

  • Thatch Caye Resort

    Thatch Caye Resort break

    • All-inclusive private island resort with a hidden, castaway feel.
    • Only 30 guests can stay at a time in the beautiful thatched roof overwater bungalows.
    • Take a stargazer cruise under the Belizean night sky, learning all about the constellations.
    • Borrow a bike to experience more of the island at your own steam.
    • Fresh seasonal ingredients from local Muy'Ono Farm are served in an authentic evening meal at the Grove Restaurant.

    5 days from CAD3,095pp

  • Leon Cathedral, Nicaragua

    Historic Nicaragua

    • Explore the colourful and vibrant city of Granada.

    • Learn about Nicaragua's turbulent modern history in León.

    • Stare down into the active Masaya volcano crater.

    • Enjoy remote beaches on the Pacific Coast.

    10 days from CAD3,380pp

  • Kura Design Villas, Costa Rica

    Kura Design Villas break

    Costa Rica
    • Eight luxurious suites each with views over the rainforest and ocean.
    • Tropical location makes it easy to spot wild birdlife, like toucans and lorikeets.
    • Master suites have exclusive private plunge pools and the best views at the property.
    • Easy access to seven remote beaches along 35 km (22 miles) of Pacific coastline.
    • Delicious fresh cuisine sustainably sourced from local farms, fisherman and greens grown at the hotel.

    5 days from CAD3,400pp

  • Be Tulum, Tulum

    Be Tulum break

    • Exclusively designed rooms and villas feature natural materials and have spacious outdoor terraces and private pools.
    • Wellness energy spa helps guests feel rejuvenated with organic treatments.
    • Ocumare restaurant created by Michelin-starred chef Mauricio Giovanini specializes in flavors from around the world.
    • Situated on white sandy beaches flanked by jungle the natural beauty of the area is unparalleled.
    • Ideal location to explore all Tulum has to offer, from Maya ruins to hidden cenotes.

    5 days from CAD3,645pp

  • One-Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool, The Four Seasons Resort

    The Four Seasons Resort break

    Costa Rica
    • Five different restaurants provide a wealth of choice.
    • High-tech telescope allows clear skies to be seen in more detail during an evening stargaze.
    • Opportunity to take a trip out to the Arenal volcano or the Rio Celeste National Park and waterfall due to the hotel's location on the Peninsula Papagayo.
    • Play golf surrounded by the beauty of the forest and the sounds of nature on the 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer.

    5 days from CAD3,890pp

  • Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

    Costa Rica self-drive family adventure

    Costa Rica
    • Explore Tortuguero National Park, an ecological treasure trove consisting of a maze of canals and rivers teaming with all sorts of wildlife.

    • Drive through some of Costa Rica’s most spectacular landscapes.

    • Explore Arenal Volcano, an activity hub that's home to hanging bridges, rainforest walks and lake kayaking.

    • Spend a couple of days in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui for great white-water rafting.

    • Relax in the thermal river of Rio Perdido.

    • Enjoy time on the beach, or take a surf lesson instead.

    15 days from CAD4,685pp

  • Sloth, Tortuguero National Park

    Highlights of Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Explore the canal networks of Tortuguero National Park.

    • See a huge array of wildlife from tiny frogs to sloths and tropical birds.

    • Trek in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano.

    • Relax on the beach, or take a surf lesson instead.

    • Zip-line through the cloudforest and relax in a natural hot spring.

    10 days from CAD4,745pp

  • Playa Delfines, Cancun

    Mexico's Mayan Riviera

    • Seven-night stay at one of Mexico's best beachfront hotels.

    • Take a tour to discover the fascinating ruins of Chichén Itzá.

    • Fantastic snorkeling and diving opportunities.

    • Relax on a long stretch of soft sandy beach.

    8 days from CAD4,950pp

  • Hummingbird, Costa Rica

    Costa Rica in a week

    Costa Rica
    • Explore Arenal Volcano, an activity hub home to hanging bridges, lake kayaking and hot springs.

    • Relax on the beach, or take a surf lesson instead.

    • Take a sunset catamaran tour exploring some of the more secluded beaches on the Pacific coast.

    8 days from CAD5,055pp

  • Hot air ballooning over Teotihuacan

    City break: 5 nights in Mexico City

    • Soar over the UNESCO-listed archaeological zone of Teotihuacán in a hot air balloon.

    • Discover the surrounding colonial cities of Cuernavaca and Taxco.

    • Uncover the history behind the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco.

    • Taste some of the wonderful street food on offer.

    6 days from CAD5,365pp

  • Torre Suite, Esencia, Mayan Riviera

    Esencia break

    • This award-winning small hotel has just 29 rooms, set in a historic mansion.
    • The Esencia estate is tucked away on the pristine Xpu-Ha beach.
    • Two onsite restaurants serving sophisticated fusions of Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine.
    • Step off the hotel's beach and right into a marine sanctuary, a haven for sea turtles and tropical fish.

    5 days from CAD5,375pp

  • Grey Whale, San Ignacio Lagoon

    Cradle of the Gray Whale: Baja California Uncovered

    • Boat excursions to spot whales and dolphins in pristine lagoons.

    • Day trip to Espíritu Santo Island to spot a number of bird species as well as observe and snorkel with the playful sea lions.

    • Exploring the Sierra de San Francisco, a mountain range with a diverse flora, rugged canyon scenery and prehistoric rock art.

    10 days from CAD5,435pp

  • Driving through Tenorio, Costa Rica

    Costa Rica self-drive tour

    Costa Rica
    • Explore the lesser visited Tenorio Volcano, abundant in beautiful rivers, hot springs, lakes and waterfalls.

    • Hike through Tenorio National Park visiting Rio Celeste, one of Costa Rica’s hidden gems.

    • Wander cloudforest canopy walkways in search of a variety of birdlife.

    • Enjoy the scenic drive from the tropical forest area of Tenorio to the beautiful coastlines of Dominical and Uvita.

    • Explore the Osa Peninsula, home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Costa Rica.

    12 days from CAD5,460pp

  • Pool, Hotel Punta Islita, Punta Islita

    Private stay at Punta Islita & Arenal

    Costa Rica
    • Explore Arenal Volcano, an activity hub home to hanging bridges, lake kayaking and hot springs.

    • Unwind and relax in your private villa on the Nicoya Peninsula, one of the world's Blue Zones.

    • Experience sweeping panoramic ocean views from the hillside.

    • Learn about authentic Costa Rican culture.

    • Spend time with the extended family, or a group of friends in privacy.

    9 days from CAD5,530pp

  • Arenal Volcano, Arenal Volcano

    Discover Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Raft along the class III and IV rapids of the Pacuare River to and from the remote jungle lodge.

    • Zip along wires strung across the forest.

    • Trek through the jungle to meet indigenous tribes.

    • Take a surf lesson on one of Costa Rica's Pacific beaches.

    9 days from CAD5,665pp

  • Presidential Suite, The Resort at Pedregal

    Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal break

    • Eight minutes from Cabo San Lucas, ideal to visit alternative restaurants and shops around the Marina.
    • Every room and suite at the hotel has a private plunge pool.
    • Executive chef, Gustavo Pinet, offers a lavish dining experience at the renowned ocean view El Farallon.
    • Stand-up paddle board out to the Baja Peninsula to see the naturally formed arch 'El Arco'.

    5 days from CAD5,810pp

  • Manuel Antonio

    Classic Costa Rica self-drive tour

    Costa Rica
    • Explore Costa Rica’s magical landscapes in your own 4x4, with the freedom to stop whenever you like.

    • Enjoy a river safari in the remote Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve.

    • Explore Arenal Volcano, an activity hub home to hanging bridges, lake kayaking and hot springs.

    • Discover the trails of Manuel Antonio, where rainforest meets beach.

    • Explore the Osa Peninsula, one of the most bio-diverse areas of Costa Rica.

    14 days from CAD5,845pp

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