18 days in Central America Itinerary

18 days in Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Roatan, Honduras
— 1 night
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
3
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
6
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
8
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
9
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights

1
night
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
On the 4th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at Fisioterapista-Massagista Roatan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Diamonds International, see some colorful creatures with Clearwater Adventures, then kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, and finally explore the galleries of Shawn Jackson Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary planning site.

Philadelphia, USA to Roatan is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Roatan. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in February; daily highs in Roatan reach 84°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Clearwater Adventures ©
Clearwater Adventures
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Shawn Jackson Gallery ©
Shawn Jackson Gallery

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 6th (Sat), stop by Caye Coffee Roasting Co., then explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, then take an unforgettable tour with C & S Golf Cart Rental, and finally view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts. Keep things going the next day: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro visit planning tool.

Getting from Roatan to San Pedro by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Skydiving

4
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Museo Popol Vuh, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at Taste Antigua, steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Antigua takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In February, Antigua is little chillier than San Pedro - with highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
night
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde journey maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Antigua to Monteverde in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

Plan my trip to Manuel Antonio with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero travel app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Episcopal, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Xalteva.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Catedral de Granada ©
Catedral de Granada

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, brush up on your military savvy at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip planner.

Fly from Granada to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Granada to Panama City. In February, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

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