59 days in Central America Itinerary

59 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America route planner

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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
Fly to San Pedro Sula, Bus to Copan Ruinas
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 5 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 6 nights
Fly
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Roatan, Honduras

— 7 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: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, stroll through Mayan Eden, and get a taste of the local shopping with Diamonds International.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Roatan online driving holiday planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Roatan is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in February: high temperatures in Roatan hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

— 5 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: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, admire all the interesting features of Mayan Ball Court, experience rural life at Finca el Cisne, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Luna Jaguar Hot Spring.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Copan Ruinas trip planner.

Getting from Roatan to Copan Ruinas by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Roatan in February since evenings lows in Copan Ruinas dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Antigua online travel planner.

Take a shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Antigua, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 6 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: delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Tin Marin Children's Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ilopango, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional El Boqueron.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to San Salvador takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antigua in February, expect San Salvador to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Zipline, &more) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a peaceful walk through Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planning website.

Getting from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Spend a day of island exploring on the 2nd (Tue) at Cano Island.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay day trip tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 4 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 7 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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 5 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). Spend the 26th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

— 4 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Liberia (Costa Rica'n Art Craft, Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, &more). Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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.

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.

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.