57 days in Central America Itinerary

57 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip planner

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Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 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
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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Belize City, Belize

— 3 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Go for a jaunt from Belize City to La Democracia to see The Belize Zoo about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, stroll through Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Belize City road trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Belize City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Belize City. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Belize City when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in January, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Ignacio, Belize

— 4 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Ignacio: Belmopan (Guanacaste National Park & Blue Hole National Park) and Rio On Pools (in Augustine). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, Head underground at Barton Creek Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project, and look for gifts at Kaj Expressions.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio journey builder app.

You can drive from Belize City to San Ignacio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

San Pedro, Belize

— 5 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, explore the striking landscape of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and don't miss a visit to Shark Ray Alley.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the natural beauty at Carambola Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Eden, and see the interesting displays at Roatan Underwater Museum.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 6 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Go for a jaunt from San Salvador to Ahuachapan to see El Imposible National Park about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, and look for gifts at Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Salvador planning app.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Salvador takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Roatan, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Salvador, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip planner.

Getting from San Salvador to Antigua by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Salvador in February, things will get little chillier in Antigua: highs are around 76°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Antigua to Monteverde takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Adventure

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Get out of town with these interesting Vara Blanca side-trips: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), La Virgen (Tirimbina Biological Reserve & Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park) and Los Chorros Waterfalls (in Grecia). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), and get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca itinerary maker.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Nightlife

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 6th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Discover how to plan a Tortuguero trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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. In March, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Ruins of the Church of Carthage), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Penon de Guacalillo (in Bajamar). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, and take in nature's colorful creations at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Jose online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tortuguero in March since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion in Gamboa (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Panama City trip builder.

You can fly from San Jose to Panama City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in March; daily highs in Panama City reach 90°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip