15 days in Central America Itinerary

15 days in Central America Itinerary

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15 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in January: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

1
day
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.
On the 24th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey builder site .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and Baldi Hot Springs. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Get in touch with nature at West Bay Beach and Tabyana Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Little French Key and Diamonds International. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Shawn Jackson Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arch's Iguana & Marine Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Roatan takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Popular historic sites such as Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Caye Caulker and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's more to do: view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro planning app .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at St John's Cathedral, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Belize Zoo, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument and then delve into the distant past at Altun Ha.

Before you visit Belize City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from San Pedro to Belize City by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Belize City, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Altun Ha, The Belize Zoo
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Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
River Rafting & Tubing
St John's Cathedral ©
St John's Cathedral

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