57 days in Central America Itinerary

57 days in Central America Itinerary

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Roatan, Honduras
— 8 nights
Ferry
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Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Ferry to Roatan, Fly to Belize City
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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 6 nights
Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Fly
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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Roatan, Honduras

— 8 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coconut Tree Divers and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tabyana Beach and Mayan Day Passes. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Half Moon Bay, stroll through Palm Beach Roatan, kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, and take advantage of the amenities at Grand Roatan Beach Club.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan online sightseeing planner.

Montreal, Canada to Roatan is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Roatan. Traveling from Montreal in June, expect Roatan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 13:

Utila, Honduras

— 1 night
The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
On the 14th (Tue), stroll through Iguana Research & Breeding Station and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Utila road trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Utila can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Utila

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 14:

Belize City, Belize

— 2 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 15th (Wed), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Altun Ha and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Belize City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Utila to Belize City takes 6 hours. In June in Belize City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

San Pedro, Belize

— 5 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Ray Alley and Belizean Arts. Escape the urban bustle at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Belize Diving Services. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of the local shopping with Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro tour itinerary builder app.

Ride a ferry from Belize City to San Pedro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 6 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia El Rosario and Monseñor Romero Center. Step out of the city life by going to Cinquera Rain Forest Park and Volcan San Salvador. When in San Salvador, make a side trip to see El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan, approximately Ahuachapan away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, explore the world behind art at Art Museum of El Salvador, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to San Salvador takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Pedro in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in San Salvador. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa del Jade and Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Step off the beaten path and head to Volcán Pacaya and The Plaza Central Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Iglesia de San Francisco, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, see Off-Road Tours, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip website.

You can fly from San Salvador to Antigua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Salvador in June; daily highs in Antigua reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to Granada.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 2:

Granada, Nicaragua

— 3 nights

La Gran Sultana

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mombacho and Catedral de Granada. Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de La Merced and Casa de Los Tres Mundos. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Islets of Granada and examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Granada online tour builder.

Getting from Antigua to Granada by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Conchal. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Hermosa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Guiones (in Nosara) and Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia). There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Avellana, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from Granada to Tamarindo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 11:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Bogarin Trail. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 18:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical), Jaco (Off-Road Tours & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Uvita (Uvita Beach & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Boquete.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 24:

Boquete, Panama

— 2 nights
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete and then hike along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail). On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Volcan Baru National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Boquete trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Boquete in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Panama City, Panama

— 5 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cinta Costera and Iglesia del Carmen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja. Explore Panama City's surroundings by going to Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and make a trip to Avenida Balboa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip maker site.

Getting from Boquete to Panama City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:

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.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

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.

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.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

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.

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.