21 days in Central America Itinerary

21 days in Central America Itinerary

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21 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Pisa, Italy
Fly:  19 h
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
3
Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  8 h 30 min
8
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Pisa, Italy

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

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: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, stroll through West Bay Beach, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Roatan holiday planner.

Pisa, Italy to Roatan is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Pisa to Roatan, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Roatan when traveling from Pisa in luglio, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Zipline
Little French Key ©
Little French Key

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 26th (Sun), stop by Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and then view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Pedro using our trip planner.

Fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In luglio in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in San Pedro

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

1
day
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, and then stop by Juanmarcos Design.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Leon road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to Leon takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In luglio in Leon, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava ©
Juanmarcos Design ©
Juanmarcos Design

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and then see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Masaya Volcano, then contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo, then stop by Tio Antonio Hamaca, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Granada visit planning app.

You can drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Masaya
Highlights from your plan
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

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, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip tool.

Getting from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

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
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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 3rd (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde route builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online visit planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Catedral Metropolitana, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, and make a trip to San Jose El Viejo.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Antigua travel website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Antigua by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. agosto in Antigua sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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