56 days in Central America Itinerary

56 days in Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
2
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
4
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
5
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
7
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
8
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
9
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
10
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
11
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
12
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
13
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
14
Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo vacation planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tamarindo is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

Planning Monteverde trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online vacation builder.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero road 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. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Top Travel Costa Rica, contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose visit planning tool.

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tortuguero in May since evenings lows in San Jose dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

3
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panama City: Iglesia de San Pedro (in Isla Taboga) and Gatun Locks (in Colon). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the activities along Gatun Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and examine the collection at Biomuseo.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Panama City tour planner.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Panama City are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Pedro, Gatun Locks
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Salvador travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Salvador takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Salvador. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Salvador when traveling from Panama City in May, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Wildlife Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
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: identify plant and animal life at Little French Key, take in nature's colorful creations at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and deepen your understanding at Steel Pan Alley.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Roatan trip planning app.

You can fly from San Salvador to Roatan in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Nature & Wildlife Tours
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the vivid underwater world at Mexico Rocks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro day trip planning site.

Getting from Roatan to San Pedro by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in San Pedro are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Step out of Belize City to go to La Democracia and see The Belize Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, and pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Belize City day trip website.

Getting from San Pedro to Belize City by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo, Goff's Caye
Highlights from your plan
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Change things up with a short trip to Blue Hole National Park in Belmopan (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project, and view the masterpieces at Cappello's Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Ignacio online visit planner.

You can drive from Belize City to San Ignacio in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Blue Hole National Park
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

4
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, examine the collection at Museo de Arqueologia, contemplate the long history of Pyramid over Rosalila Temple, and relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Copan Ruinas takes 8.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mayan Ruins of El Puente
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Main Square ©
Main Square
Sculpture Museum ©
Sculpture Museum

6
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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: Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango), Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Iglesia de San Francisco, &more). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua tour planner.

You can take a shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in June, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Santo Tomas Church, Iximche
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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