24 days in Central America Itinerary

24 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip itinerary planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

24 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Guelph, Canada
Drive + Fly:  17​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + Drive + bus + Drive:  9​h
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
10
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
End: Guelph, Canada

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Avenida Balboa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City route maker site .

Guelph, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Guelph in December, things will get much warmer in Panama City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Wizard Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Starfish Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bocas Town road trip planning website .

Fly from Panama City to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Panama City in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bocas Town: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Wizard Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wizard Beach ©
Wizard Beach

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.
On the 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder app .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Paradise Hot Springs. Appreciate the collections at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Onirica Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: Santa Elena (Ecological Sanctuary & Souvenir Rosewood). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Estudio, and trek along La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Leon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Monteverde
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stop by Juanmarcos Design, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ruben Dario, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Poneloya.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Leon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Leon

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Playa Poneloya ©
Playa Poneloya
Museo Ruben Dario ©
Museo Ruben Dario

1
night
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, stop by Multiplaza, then see the interesting displays at Monsignor Romero Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Salvador attractions planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Leon to San Salvador in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Leon in January; daily highs in San Salvador reach 36°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Multiplaza
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Monseñor Romero Center ©
Monseñor Romero Center

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): hike along Finca El Pilar, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, then stop by Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Casa del Jade, learn about winemaking at Chateau DeFay, then explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Antigua holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus, car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from San Salvador in January, things will get little chillier in Antigua: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Chateau DeFay
Highlights from your plan
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Shawn Jackson Gallery and Waves of Art. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Day Passes, examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethesda Methodist Church, and stop by Seagrape Plantation Diveshop.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Roatan trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Roatan in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in January; daily highs in Roatan reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sandy Bay Beach ©
Sandy Bay Beach
Waves of Art ©
Waves of Art

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum and then delve into the distant past at Altun Ha. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Splash Wave Private Tours, meet the residents at The Belize Zoo, and then learn more about the world around you at St John's Cathedral.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Belize City tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Roatan to Belize City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Belize City are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Splash Wave Private Tours ©
Splash Wave Private Tours

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Appreciate the collections at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Take a break from the city and head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to The Split in Caye Caulker (about 1h 05 min away). There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and stop by 12 Belize.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Pedro driving holiday planning tool .

San Pedro is very close to Belize City. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

The Split
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Belizean Arts ©
Belizean Arts

Similar Plans

25 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA December, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Guatemala, Belize & Mexico BY A USER FROM BELGIUM November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM INDONESIA July, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in South America, Central America & Mexico BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in Panama BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BRAZIL June, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Honduras BY A USER FROM HONDURAS June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica & Bocas Town BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans