28 days in Central America Itinerary

28 days in Central America Itinerary

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28 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Bristol, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  20 h
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h
2
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 45 min
3
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
9
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Bristol, United Kingdom

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, browse the different shops at Diamonds International, stroll through West Bay Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Manawakie Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Roatan trip itinerary planning site .

Bristol, UK to Roatan is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
When in San Salvador, make a side trip to see El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, appreciate the history behind The Monunment of Memory and truth, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Salvador road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Roatan to San Salvador takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Roatan, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Salvador, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
Highlights from your plan
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Puerto Salvador Allende (in Managua), Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, admire the striking features of Palacio Episcopal, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Granada day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Salvador to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Masaya, Puerto Salvador Allende
Highlights from your plan
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, experience the excitement of Curi Cancha Reserve, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde planner .

You can drive from Granada to Monteverde in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

4
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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with Salto, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature 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
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online trip itinerary builder .

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. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 16th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Mirador Huequecura and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mirador Huequecura

3
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.
Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Jaco and see Zipline, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip website .

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step out of Panama City to go to Isla Taboga and see Iglesia de San Pedro, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City online visit planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Panama City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. January in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Pedro
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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