15 days in Central America Itinerary

15 days in Central America Itinerary

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Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly to Belmopan, Drive to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 night
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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Roatan, Honduras — 2 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Bananarama Dive Center, sample the tasty concoctions at Roatan Island Brewing Co., kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, and look for gifts at Rusty Fish.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Roatan trip planning tool.

London, UK to Roatan is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Roatan. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Roatan reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
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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 16th (Mon): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and then stop by Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with Belize Diving Services.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip tool.

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. In January in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tikal National Park.
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Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take an unorthodox tour of Tikal.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip website.

Do a combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Tikal National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and then delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Antigua journey planner.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Antigua by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 1 night

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario and then stroll through Cinquera Rain Forest Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Antigua to San Salvador in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in January; daily highs in San Salvador reach 36°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 1 night

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
On the 21st (Sat), head off the coast to Islets of Granada and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Granada sightseeing tool.

You can fly from San Salvador to Granada in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): get impressive views of Arenal Volcano and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool.

You can drive from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 1 night

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 24th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 3 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 25th (Wed), make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), then see the interesting displays at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ), and then make a trip to Panama Canal. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and then explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and flight; or drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. In January, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Honduras travel guide

4.6
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.
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Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.
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Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.
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El Salvador travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Churches · Ruins
El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, has plenty of historical and natural attractions to explore on a rich and varied itinerary. The coastal beaches attract surfers and sunbathers, while the main towns showcase colonial and indigenous cultures in their traditions, architecture, cuisine, and historical sites. Tourism in El Salvador has been stuttering for decades, first because of the Salvadoran Civil War, and now because of gang-related activities and a high crime rate. The vast majority of the country, however, remains unspoiled by the narrative that dominates international headlines. Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination, with natural and manmade highlights uncluttered by tourists and overdevelopment, find such a place in El Salvador.
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Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.
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