19 days in Central America Itinerary

19 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America route planner

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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama

— 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): stop by PTYlocal, don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then get engrossed in the history at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary builder tool.

Oranjestad, Aruba to Panama City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oranjestad to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

San Pedro, Belize

— 2 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 13th (Tue), stop by Caye Coffee Roasting Co., then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and then take the plunge with a skydiving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Panama City to San Pedro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. July in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Roatan, Honduras

— 4 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with West Bay Divers, get great views at El Faro, get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Roatan sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 2 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and then see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Salvador travel planner.

You can fly from Roatan to San Salvador in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Roatan in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Salvador, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then stroll around Parque Nahomi, and then see Off-Road Tours.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip website.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cabalgata Don Tobias.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for home on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip