54 days in Central America Itinerary

54 days in Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Bus:  2 h
3
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  4 h 45 min
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
6
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
9
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
13
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
14
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

5
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, kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Eden, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Roatan trip planner.

London, UK to Roatan is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Roatan due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Roatan reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 12th (Tue), examine the collection at Museum of Belize, then get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum and then get outside with Goff's Caye.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Belize City trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to Belize City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Belize City sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum, Goff's Caye, The Belize Zoo
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Museum of Belize ©
Museum of Belize

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.
Step out of San Ignacio with an excursion to Blue Hole National Park in Belmopan--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project, and delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio trip tool.

Getting from Belize City to San Ignacio by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Blue Hole National Park
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Go for a jaunt from San Pedro to Caye Caulker to see The Estuary of Caye Caulker about 30 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, explore the galleries of Belizean Arts, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Pedro trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

4
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, &more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, and stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to Antigua in 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 January, expect Antigua to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcan de Agua ©
Volcan de Agua

4
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, examine the collection at Sculpture Museum, and stroll through Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Copan Ruinas, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mayan Ruins of El Puente
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Spas
Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve ©
Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve

5
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Step out of San Salvador to go to Ahuachapan and see El Imposible National Park, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our San Salvador itinerary builder app.

Drive from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Copan Ruinas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in San Salvador, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park

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 Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Jaco (Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio planning app.

Traveling by flight from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Sarchi (Else Kientzler Botanical Garden & Mariposas Sarchi), Zoo Ave (in Alajuela) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Jose, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Cartago, Sarchi, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Zoo Ave
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden ©
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, get impressive views of Poas Volcano, and then relax in the rural setting at Finca Organica.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip builder app.

You can drive from San Jose to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Poas Volcano, Finca Organica, Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Finca  Organica ©
Finca Organica

5
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: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour 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 take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo tour planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panama City: Gatun Locks (in Colon) and Portobelo (Scuba & Snorkeling & Black Christ). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Metropolitano.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip site.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to Panama City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portobelo, Gatun Locks
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

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