50 days in Central America Itinerary

50 days in Central America Itinerary

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Fly
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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
Ferry
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Ferry to Belize City, Bus to San Ignacio
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Placencia, Belize
— 1 night
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Ferry to Roatan, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Fly
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Contadora Island, Panama
— 1 night
Ferry to Calle Van Hook, Fly to Boquete
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Boquete, Panama
— 3 nights
Taxi to Almirante, Ferry to Bocas Town
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
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Belize City, Belize — 2 nights

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo, stroll through Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum, and then stroll around Bacab Eco Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Belize and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Plan trip to Belize City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Newark, USA to Belize City is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Belize City. Traveling from Newark in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Belize City, with lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Caye Caulker.
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Caye Caulker, Belize — 1 night

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker, then look for gifts at Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Caye Caulker trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Belize City to Caye Caulker takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daytime highs in Caye Caulker are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 4 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Ray Alley and Mexico Rocks. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse the exhibits of The Gallery of San Pedro, and look for gifts at 12 Belize.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Pedro trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Caye Caulker to San Pedro by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.
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San Ignacio, Belize — 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Herman's Cave and T'initz Tours Belize. Venture out of the city with trips to Crystal Cave (in Belmopan) and Big Rock Falls (in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to El Pilar, and look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Ignacio online travel planner.

Getting from San Pedro to San Ignacio by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Placencia.
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Placencia, Belize — 1 night

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Lola Art Studio, step off the mainland to explore Laughing Bird Caye National Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Hobbs Brewing Co Belize, and finally view the masterpieces at Art n Soul Gallery. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Kaj Expressions Placencia, and then head off the coast to Pumpkin Caye.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Placencia trip planner.

Drive from San Ignacio to Placencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Roatan.
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Roatan, Honduras — 6 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sun Divers and Roatan Island Brewing Co.. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Spa Baan Suerte, contemplate the waterfront views at Half Moon Bay, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and meet the residents at Manawakie Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Roatan driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Placencia to Roatan in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Utila.
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Utila, Honduras — 1 night

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
On the 21st (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Utila tour planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 2 hours. In July in Utila, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Arco de Santa Catalina and Iglesia de La Merced. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, stop by Xibalba Joyas, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, and examine the collection at Centro Cultural La Azotea.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Utila to Antigua in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Utila in July, with highs in Antigua at 77°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras — 2 nights

The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Step off the beaten path and head to Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve and Sculpture Museum. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, contemplate the long history of Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon, experience rural life at Finca el Cisne, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arqueologia.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Copan Ruinas online route planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Copan Ruinas: highs are around 83°F and lows about 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 5 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia El Rosario and Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Salvador route planner.

You can drive from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 4 nights

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Catedral de la Asunción and Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus, and contemplate the geological forces at Telica Volcano.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Leon trip planner.

You can fly from San Salvador to Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Salvador in August since evenings lows in Leon dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 4 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, stroll around Parque Recreativo Omar Torrijos, and take in the architecture and design of Habla Ya Spanish for Travelers - Day Classes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Panama City attractions planner.

Getting from Leon to Panama City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Leon to Panama City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Leon in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Panama City: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Contadora Island.
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Contadora Island, Panama — 1 night

The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
On the 10th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Cacique, then see majestic marine mammals with Coral Dreams, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de las Suecas.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Contadora Island tour builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Contadora Island are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boquete.
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Boquete, Panama — 3 nights

Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Boquete Bees and Butterflies. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, get impressive views of Volcan Baru National Park, and admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Boquete trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Contadora Island to Boquete takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Bocas Town.
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Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Bocas Town, Panama — 2 nights

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, then kick back and relax at Starfish Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Playa Bluff. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, don't miss a visit to Random Art, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Boquete to Bocas Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Bocas Town are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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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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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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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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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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