31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America holiday planner
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 6 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Montezuma, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 6 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Volcan San Salvador and Iglesia El Rosario. Get some cultural insight at Catedral Metropolitana and Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Los Ilustres.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Salvador trip itinerary builder.

Kelowna, Canada to San Salvador is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Kelowna to San Salvador, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in San Salvador, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Jose.
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 21:

San Jose, Costa Rica — 5 nights

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de los Ninos and Jade Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Step out of San Jose to go to Alajuela and see Souvenir Museum, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

Plan a trip to San Jose easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can fly from San Salvador to San Jose in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Salvador in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 6 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jackpot Sport Fishing and Uvita Beach. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Raindrop Spa, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaco.
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Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 2:

Jaco, Costa Rica — 5 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Costa Rica SUP'ers. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Carara National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jaco day trip site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Montezuma.
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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:

Montezuma, Costa Rica — 3 nights

With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Hermosa and Spas & Wellness. Explore Montezuma's surroundings by going to Finca Paraiso (in Tambor) and Santa Teresa (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Playa Santa Teresa). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Montezuma online driving holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Jaco to Montezuma in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 2 nights

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with Extreme Nicaraguan Adventures and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

Plan a trip to San Juan del Sur easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Montezuma to San Juan del Sur in 6 hours. July in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 3 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.
On the 13th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on Summit Adventures Nicaragua and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Leon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Leon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Juan del Sur in July, expect nights in Leon to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

El Salvador travel guide

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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

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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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