10 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

10 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  7 h
1
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  8 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
4
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Punta Cana trip site.

New York City, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Punta Cana can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Hoyo Azul ©
Hoyo Azul
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
On the 13th (Tue), make a trip to Torre del Reloj, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena road trip website.

Getting from Punta Cana to Cartagena by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ecotermales Fortuna and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

Getting from Cartagena to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Cartagena to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll get in some beach time at Little French Key and West Bay Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and Tabyana Beach. It doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip website.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Roatan in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Roatan are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

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