28 days in Central America Itinerary

28 days in Central America Itinerary

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28 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Hopkins, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  8 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
10
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Dublin, Ireland

3
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
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: The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum, and steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Ignacio online sightseeing planner.

Dublin, Ireland to San Ignacio is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to San Ignacio is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Hopkins.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Tanah Mayan Art Museum, Blue Hole National Park, The Belize Zoo
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

2
nights
Hopkins, Belize

Hopkins ©
Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
On the 27th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the gorgeous colors at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Outback Trails and then stroll through Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve.

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Drive from San Ignacio to Hopkins in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Hopkins

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Outback Trails, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
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Outback Trails ©
Outback Trails
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
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: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and explore the galleries of Belizean Arts.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Pedro trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Hopkins to San Pedro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

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: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and stop by The Bulk Gourmet.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Roatan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax in the rural setting at Granja Eco Turistica Victoria.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Roatan to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vara Blanca holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife
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nights
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.
On the 11th (Fri), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Monteverde trip simple and quick.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Fruity Monkey Poop, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
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: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and examine the collection at Biomuseo.

Plan my trip to Panama City with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Panama City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

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

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