32 days in Central America Itinerary

32 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip planner

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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly to Roatan, Ferry to Utila
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Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Ferry
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
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Suchitoto, El Salvador
— 1 night
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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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.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and browse the different shops at Albrook Mall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip app.

Erbil, Iraq to Panama City is an approximately 35-hour flight. Traveling from Erbil to Panama City, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Erbil in June, you will find days in Panama City are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Bocas Town, Panama

— 1 night
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.
On the 4th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, stroll through Starfish Beach, then kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, then have fun and explore at Plastic Bottle Village, and finally make a trip to Playa Bluff.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bocas Town road trip planning site.

Fly from Panama City to Bocas Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Panama City in June: highs in Bocas Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro, Belize

— 3 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get out of town with these interesting San Pedro side-trips: Caye Caulker (Red Flower Gallery, Turneffe Reef, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Pedro trip itinerary website.

Getting from Bocas Town to San Pedro by flight takes about 23.5 hours. Traveling from Bocas Town to San Pedro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bocas Town in June, expect nights in San Pedro to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Belize City, Belize

— 2 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the galleries of Orchid Garden Eco-Village Museum Belize, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Belize Zoo, then head outdoors with Belize Shore Excursions, then delve into the distant past at Altun Ha, and finally don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Museum of Belize, head outdoors with Cavetubing5star, then ponder the world of politics at Government House, then browse the exhibits of St John's Cathedral, and finally explore the striking landscape of Billy Barquiedier National Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Belize City online route planner.

Ride a ferry from San Pedro to Belize City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daytime highs in Belize City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Utila.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trips

Utila, Honduras

— 1 night
The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Utila Cays Diving, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iguana Research & Breeding Station, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bando Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Utila driving holiday planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Belize City to Utila in 6 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Roatan.

Things to do in Utila

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Roatan, Honduras

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Little French Key, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, discover the deep blue sea with Coconut Tree Divers, and soothe aching muscles at Spa Baan Suerte.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Roatan trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Utila to Roatan in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Roatan are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Suchitoto.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Suchitoto, El Salvador

— 1 night
A small colonial municipality in Cuscatlan, El Salvador.Suchitoto is a municipality in the Department of Cuscatlán, El Salvador that has seen continuous human habitation long before Spanish colonization. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Casa de la Abuela, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Lucia, head outdoors with Parque Central Suchitoto, explore the world behind art at Centro Arte Para La Paz, then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Tercios Waterfall, and finally examine the collection at Museum of 1000 plates and more.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Suchitoto road trip planning site.

You can fly from Roatan to Suchitoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, taxi, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Roatan in June, Suchitoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Suchitoto

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 4 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Salvador: Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque) and Termos del Rio (in La Libertad). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Salvador travel planning site.

You can drive from Suchitoto to San Salvador in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Granada.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Granada, Nicaragua

— 3 nights

La Gran Sultana

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 Granada's surroundings by going to Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina), Masaya (Masaya Volcano & Volcán Masaya National Park) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the world behind art at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, contemplate the waterfront views at Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada travel planner.

Traveling by flight from San Salvador to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
On the 28th (Mon), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, then stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and finally stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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 29th (Tue): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, see Off-Road Tours, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

Honduras travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.

El Salvador travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Churches · Ruins
El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, has plenty of historical and natural attractions to explore on a rich and varied itinerary. The coastal beaches attract surfers and sunbathers, while the main towns showcase colonial and indigenous cultures in their traditions, architecture, cuisine, and historical sites. Tourism in El Salvador has been stuttering for decades, first because of the Salvadoran Civil War, and now because of gang-related activities and a high crime rate. The vast majority of the country, however, remains unspoiled by the narrative that dominates international headlines. Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination, with natural and manmade highlights uncluttered by tourists and overdevelopment, find such a place in El Salvador.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.