31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

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31 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: New Orleans, United States
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h
4
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  7​h 15​min
7
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: New Orleans, United States

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Little French Key, look for gifts at Pies Bonitos, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in panoramic vistas at El Faro.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Roatan trip itinerary website .

New Orleans, USA to Roatan is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for much warmer days in Roatan, with highs around 88°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Zipline
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, don't miss a visit to Shark Ray Alley, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd..

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro online visit planner .

Getting from Roatan to San Pedro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Altun Ha, then get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo, and then appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize and then look for all kinds of wild species at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Belize City holiday planner .

You can drive from San Pedro to Belize City in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Belize City are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then delve into the distant past at Tikal.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Belize City to Tikal National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, & more). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Tikal National Park to Antigua by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. October in Antigua sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
When in San Salvador, make a side trip to see El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Salvador driving holiday planner.

Getting from Antigua to San Salvador by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in October; daily highs in San Salvador reach 85°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:
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Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

1
day
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 19th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from San Salvador to Tortuguero in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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.
Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, and get outside with Salto.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

1
night
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 27th (Sun): look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip builder app .

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
When in Panama City, make a side trip to see Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo in Portobelo, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Panama City trip planning website .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in October, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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