16 days in Central America Itinerary

16 days in Central America Itinerary

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16 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Rennes, France
Fly:  21 h
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Rennes, France

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: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take some stellar pictures from El Faro, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and stop by Made in Roatan.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Roatan route planner.

Rennes, France to Roatan is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rennes in août; daily highs in Roatan reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

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

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and then view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro online travel route planner .

Getting from Roatan to San Pedro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in août, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, appreciate the history behind The Monunment of Memory and truth, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and finally stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador road trip app .

Getting from San Pedro to San Salvador by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in San Salvador when traveling from San Pedro in août, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then take an in-depth tour of Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City road trip planning site .

Getting from San Salvador to Panama City by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Salvador to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Panama City when traveling from San Salvador in août, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Montana Safari, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

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 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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