17 days in Central America Itinerary

17 days in Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
2
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
4
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
7
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Panama City is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia in February, expect Panama City to be much hotter, temps between 89°F and 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

1
night
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
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.
On the 7th (Sun), examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Granada driving holiday website.

Fly from Panama City to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Granada. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada

3
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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For reviews and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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 11th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero tour itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde journey planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum, then head outdoors with Sunyata Charters, and then stroll through West Bay Beach. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with Clearwater Adventures, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Fisioterapista-Massagista Roatan, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Eden.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Monteverde to Roatan takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Clearwater Adventures ©
Clearwater Adventures
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Roatan Underwater Museum ©
Roatan Underwater Museum

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 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, get all the equipment you need at C & S Golf Cart Rental, indulge in some culinary diversions at Belize Food Tours, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro sightseeing planner.

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 February, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
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Belize Food Tours ©
Belize Food Tours
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling