37 days in Central America Itinerary

37 days in Central America Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Drive
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Suchitoto, El Salvador
— 1 night
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
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Bus to San Pedro Sula, Fly to Roatan, Ferry to Utila
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Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
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Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
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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, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and walk around Bogarin Trail.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Manama, Bahrain to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 31.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Manama to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 2 nights
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
On the 24th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia and then relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur attractions planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Juan del Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Tours

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada attractions planner.

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Soberania National Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City planner.

You can fly from Granada to Panama City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly to Antigua.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Antigua, Guatemala

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (La Merced, La Aurora Zoo, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and make a trip to The Plaza Central Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip builder website.

Getting from Panama City to Antigua by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Panama City in December, you will find days in Antigua are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are much colder (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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, nature, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, explore the world behind art at Art Museum of El Salvador, pause for some photo ops at The Monunment of Memory and truth, and stroll through Cinquera Rain Forest Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Salvador, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to San Salvador takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in January, with highs in San Salvador at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Suchitoto.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Suchitlán and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Lucia.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Suchitoto attractions planner.

Getting from San Salvador to Suchitoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Suchitoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

— 4 nights
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne, explore and take pictures at Main Square, and contemplate the long history of Mayan Ball Court.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Copan Ruinas trip site.

You can drive from Suchitoto to Copan Ruinas in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Suchitoto in January, plan for slightly colder days in Copan Ruinas, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Utila.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites · Museums

Utila, Honduras

— 1 night
The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
On the 16th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Iguana Research & Breeding Station and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Utila driving holiday planner.

Getting from Copan Ruinas to Utila by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Copan Ruinas in January: high temperatures in Utila hover around 31°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Roatan.

Things to do in Utila

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Roatan, Honduras

— 6 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: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at Spa Baan Suerte, get a taste of the local shopping with Roatan Rum Company, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Roatan itinerary planning app.

Getting from Utila to Roatan by ferry takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Roatan are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

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.

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.