30 days in Central America Itinerary

30 days in Central America Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Bus to San Jose, Fly to San Salvador
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Drive to Belmopan
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Belmopan, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive to Belmopan, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
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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: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City travel itinerary planner.

Charlotte, USA to Panama City is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Charlotte in March, expect Panama City to be much warmer, temps between 90°F and 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Monteverde.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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 5th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center. On your second day here, stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip planner.

Getting from Panama City to Monteverde by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll around Bogarin Trail, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

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 March in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 3 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinquera Rain Forest Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Salvador trip builder tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Tortuguero to San Salvador in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in March, expect nights in San Salvador to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Roatan, Honduras

— 5 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: kick back and relax at Blue Island Divers, get a taste of the local shopping with Karma Jewelry Design, look for all kinds of wild species at Little French Key, and soothe aching muscles at Spa Baan Suerte.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Salvador to Roatan by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Roatan are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Belmopan.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Belmopan, Belize

— 2 nights

Garden City

Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Blue Hole National Park and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Belize Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Belmopan online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Roatan to Belmopan. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in March, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belmopan

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Belmopan to Tikal National Park in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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.
Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, shop like a local with Belize Chocolate Company, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to San Pedro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in San Pedro are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip