18 days in Central America Itinerary

18 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America attractions planner
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 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: meet some fierce fish with West Bay Divers, enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Roatan Beach Club, indulge in some personalized pampering at Caribbean Fish Therapy, and take in nature's colorful creations at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum.

To find photos and other tourist information, use the Roatan travel app.

Izmir, Turkey to Roatan is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. While traveling from Izmir, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Roatan, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 4 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: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico La Laguna, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and relax and rejuvenate at SPA InterContinental San Salvador.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador road trip planning site.

You can fly from Roatan to San Salvador in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Roatan in September, with highs in San Salvador at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 1 night

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 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio sightseeing app.

You can fly from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 4 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: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, walk around Bogarin Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can 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: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, look for gifts at PTYlocal, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Panama City travel route planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In September in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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