24 days in Central America Itinerary

24 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip planner

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Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Ferry to Belize City, Bus to San Ignacio
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Findon

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Roatan, Honduras

— 3 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Park, and explore and take pictures at Steel Pan Alley.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary website.

Findon, UK to Roatan is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Findon in December; daily highs in Roatan reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

San Pedro, Belize

— 3 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, shop like a local with Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, admire all the interesting features of Shark Ray Alley, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip itinerary site.

Fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

San Ignacio, Belize

— 2 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, then stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project, and then get a new perspective on nature at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): shop like a local with Art Box. Belize Arts & Crafts Center and then explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 10th (Fri), take an unorthodox tour of Tikal.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Panama City on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Panama City, Panama

— 2 nights

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 12th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Metropolitano, then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then take a stroll through Casco Viejo. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Panama City in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tikal National Park to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vara Blanca attractions planning website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip