59 days in Central America Itinerary

59 days in Central America Itinerary

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59 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
9
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
10
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Newark, United States

5
nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Escape the urban bustle at Caracol and The Belize Zoo. Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum and Xunantunich are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Make the 7th (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Elijio Panti National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project, take in the exciting artwork at Creek art walter castillo home art gallery, look for gifts at Rubba Dub Soap Shop, and explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cayo online route planner .

Newark, USA to Cayo is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Cayo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in February; daily highs in Cayo reach 83°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

The Belize Zoo
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Caracol ©
Caracol
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Spas & Wellness. Get outdoors at Shark Ray Alley and Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, get outside with La Gaviota, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery of San Pedro.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cayo to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. In February in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and West Bay Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rusty Fish and Roatan Underwater Museum. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gumbalimba Park, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and browse the different shops at Diamonds International.

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You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in February, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Roatan

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

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Casco Viejo and Gatun Locks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panama La Vieja and Cinta Costera. Go for a jaunt from Panama City to Contadora Island to see Playa Ejecutiva about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Church, and see the interesting displays at Biomuseum.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Panama City online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Roatan to Panama City by flight takes about 8 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February in Panama City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Playa Ejecutiva, Gatun Locks
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

6
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Visit Punta Uva Beach and Playa Chiquita for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Puerto Viejo Beach and Veragua Rainforest Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (in Puerto Limon) and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (in Cahuita). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, identify plant and animal life at Tarantulas Way, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and stop by Cho.co.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca route planner.

You can do a combination of flight, car, and bus from Panama City to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Puerto Limon, Manzanillo
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and Lake Arenal. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rio Celeste and Paradise Hot Springs. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Estudio, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano, Rio Celeste
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

5
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Catedral de Puntarenas and Alas y Raices are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Curi Cancha Reserve and Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Step out of Monteverde to go to Punta Arenas and see Zipline, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and delve into the lush surroundings at Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip planning site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Puntarenas
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Zipline

6
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Parasailing & Paragliding & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store). Spend the 18th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online vacation planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Uvita Beach
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

3
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Relax by the water at Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa. Step out of the city life by going to Montezuma Falls and Rio Lajas. Take a break from Santa Teresa with a short trip to Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia in Montezuma, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore by horseback at Tokpela.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip builder tool .

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Montezuma, Tokpela
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rio Lajas ©
Rio Lajas

7
nights
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Playa Flamingo ©
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Get outdoors at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Playa Avellana. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Hermosa. Explore Playa Flamingo's surroundings by going to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara), Tamarindo (Spas & Wellness & Dolores Shop) and Zipline (in Liberia). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Dantita, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Playa Flamingo trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Flamingo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Nosara, Playa Conchal, Playa Dantita, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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