31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip itinerary planner

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

— 4 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cinquera Rain Forest Park and Art Museum of El Salvador. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, explore the engaging exhibits at Tin Marin Children's Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip itinerary planner.

Findon, UK to San Salvador is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Findon to San Salvador, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Findon in August: high temperatures in San Salvador hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour app.

Getting from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planning website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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 10th (Tue): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip website.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Canopy San Luis, Head underground at Venado Caves, and look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

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 17th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planning app.

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. In August, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Contadora Island, Panama

— 2 nights
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with Coral Dreams and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ejecutiva. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Cacique, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Suecas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga.

Discover how to plan a Contadora Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tortuguero to Contadora Island. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tortuguero to Contadora Island due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Contadora Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Panama Canal and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Panama City day trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and subway. In August, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 4 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Attractions like Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve and The Estuary of Caye Caulker make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Pedro trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Pedro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. August in San Pedro sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Roatan, Honduras

— 5 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Bring the kids along to West Bay Divers and Little French Key. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Park, play a few rounds at The Black Pearl Golf Course, head outdoors with Sunyata Charters, and relax and rejuvenate at Spa Baan Suerte.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from San Pedro to Roatan by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Roatan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife