30 days in Central America Itinerary

30 days in Central America Itinerary

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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly to Belmopan, Drive to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Mayan Divers, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Roatan Island Brewing Co., kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at Spa Baan Suerte.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan day trip planning site.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Roatan is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 4 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, look for gifts at 12 Belize, and browse the exhibits of Belizean Arts.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro road trip app.

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. October in San Pedro sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 11th (Tue), take an unorthodox tour of Tikal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park online route planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Tikal National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Antigua driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 5 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, and make a trip to Basilica Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Salvador driving holiday site.

You can fly from Antigua to San Salvador in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in October, with highs in San Salvador at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Manuel Antonio.
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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 20th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at Raindrop Spa, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

Plan trip to Manuel Antonio with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde attractions planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
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, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos visit 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 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 3 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Casco Viejo, don't miss a visit to Avenida Balboa, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City. October in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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