43 days in Central America Itinerary

43 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America sightseeing planner

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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
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Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 6 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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Panama City, Panama
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San Pedro, Belize

— 4 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery of San Pedro, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Mexico Rocks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Pedro trip maker site.

Minneapolis, USA to San Pedro is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Minneapolis in December, expect San Pedro to be much warmer, temps between 83°F and 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Belize City, Belize

— 3 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belize City: Altun Ha (in Rock Stone Pond), The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan). The adventure continues: stroll through Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Belize City day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Roatan, Honduras

— 6 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at West Bay Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Spa Baan Suerte, and get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Park.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Roatan day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Belize City to Roatan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 6 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
When in San Salvador, make a side trip to see Lago Suchitlán in Suchitoto, approximately Suchitoto away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Salvador trip maker.

You can fly from Roatan to San Salvador in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Roatan, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Salvador, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums · Historic Sites · 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, &more). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, look for gifts at JADES ANTIGUA, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from San Salvador to Antigua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Salvador in January: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 74°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can fly from Antigua to Manuel Antonio in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 6 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Masaya (Guitarras Zepeda & Masaya Volcano) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada itinerary app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Panama City, Panama

— 6 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 historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, get outside with Ancon Hill, and explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City road trip tool.

Fly from Granada to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Granada to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. February in Panama City sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Belize Cayes travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Reefs · Water Sports
Belize Cayes feature quaint towns, lush tropical forests, and white sandy beaches. Most journeys start at Ambergris Caye, which can serve as a central hub for visiting outstanding diving spots, such as the Great Blue Hole. Whether you're diving in the vast and colorful coral reefs, hiking through the thick forests, or sipping on cocktails as you enjoy the endless Caribbean summer, you definitely won't run out of things to do in Belize Cayes.

Belize District travel guide

3.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Zoos · Zipline
Belize District contains the country's largest city and a string small rural towns, as well as wide swathes of lush tropical forest and marshland. Nature lovers will find plenty of things to do in Belize District--start with the large coral reef at Ambergris Caye. The district capital, though it continues to wrestle the twin demons of crime and poverty, exemplifies the nation's cultural diversity and offers a good selection of shops and restaurants.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.