8 days in Central America Itinerary

8 days in Central America Itinerary

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8 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Salvador, Brazil
bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 day
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Cayo, Belize
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Salvador, Brazil

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then take a stroll through Casco Viejo.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Panama City travel itinerary planner .

Salvador, Brazil to Panama City is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Biomuseo ©
Biomuseo

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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 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
On the 13th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tabyana Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International, take in the exciting artwork at Shawn Jackson Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Roatan by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Belize Chocolate Company, then shop like a local with The Gallery of San Pedro, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip planner .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and shuttle. In December in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in San Pedro

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River Rafting & Tubing
Belizean Arts ©
Belizean Arts
Belize Chocolate Company ©
Belize Chocolate Company

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Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, look for gifts at Back to My Roots, then explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Cayo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. December in Cayo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

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