21 days in Central America Itinerary

21 days in Central America Itinerary

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Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
10
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive to Changuinola, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Roatan, Honduras

— 3 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
We've included these beaches for you: Tabyana Beach and Mayan Day Passes. Get in touch with nature at Coconut Tree Divers and Zipline. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, browse the different shops at Diamonds International, contemplate the waterfront views at Half Moon Bay, and admire the natural beauty at Carambola Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Roatan travel itinerary planner.

Milan, Italy to Roatan is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Milan to Roatan. Traveling from Milan in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Roatan, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

San Pedro, Belize

— 2 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Belize Chocolate Company.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 6 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 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Belize City, Belize

— 1 night
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Belize City online trip itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro to Belize City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Belize City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Antigua.

Things to do in Belize City

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:
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Antigua, Guatemala

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, then don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, then see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and finally explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua road trip planning site.

You can fly from Belize City to Antigua in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belize City in August, things will get slightly colder in Antigua: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

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Getting from Antigua to La Fortuna de San Carlos by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then explore the activities along Potrero Beach. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 12th (Fri), delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve and then catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jaco visit planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Uvita (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge). It doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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.
On the 17th (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Jose visit planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 1 night

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, stroll through Playa Puerto Viejo, and then stroll through Playa Punta Uva.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online journey planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

Panama City, Panama

— 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 19th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, and finally wander the streets of Cinta Costera.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Panama City travel tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Panama City is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20: