18 days in Central America Itinerary

18 days in Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
5
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
7
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at PTYlocal and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), make a trip to Panama Canal, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San José.

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Philadelphia, USA to Panama City is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Philadelphia in August since evenings lows in Panama City dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

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

2
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.
On the 10th (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with Skydive Costa Rica and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Panama City to Manuel Antonio by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Skydive Costa Rica ©
Skydive Costa Rica

1
night
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 12th (Wed): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planning website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

4
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Arenal Wilberth Stables, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Sky Adventures Arenal Park
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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.
On the 17th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
On the 18th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and then get the lay of the land with EC Tours El Salvador. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tortuguero to San Salvador in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Salvador can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
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EC Tours El Salvador ©
EC Tours El Salvador
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park

3
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: discover the deep blue sea with West End Divers, kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Manawakie Park, and stop by Pies Bonitos.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan day trip planner.

You can fly from San Salvador to Roatan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from San Salvador in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Roatan, with lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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West End Divers ©
West End Divers
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): fly like a bird with Belize Parasail Plus and then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 78°F. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Belize Parasail Plus ©
Belize Parasail Plus
C & S Golf Cart Rental ©
C & S Golf Cart Rental