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
Fly:  8 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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.
For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Punta Cana trip site.

New York City, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7-hour 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, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena road trip website.

Getting from Punta Cana to Cartagena by flight takes about 8.5 hours. 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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Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
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 Off-Road Tours. There's much more to do: stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool.

Fly from Cartagena to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 11.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cartagena to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
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 Shark Diving. It doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities and enjoy the sand and surf at Tabyana Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip website.

Fly from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Roatan in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; 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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