59 days in Central America Itinerary

59 days in Central America Itinerary

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59 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Bristol, United Kingdom
+3
train + Fly + shuttle + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Placencia, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h 45​min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  10​h
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
7
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
10
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Bristol, United Kingdom

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Actun Tunichil Muknal and Caracol. Popular historic sites such as Xunantunich and Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve are in your itinerary. Make the 8th (Fri) an awe-inspiring day at Elijio Panti National Park. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of MayaWalk Tours, stop by Rubba Dub Soap Shop, take a peaceful walk through Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cayo using our trip planner.

Bristol, UK to Cayo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Placencia.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Caracol ©
Caracol
MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours

6
nights
Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maya Center Mayan Museum and Placencia Fellowship. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Silk Caye. Explore Placencia's surroundings by going to Dangriga (Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, Studio Gallery Cayetano, & more) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Hopkins). Spend the 10th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Mayflower Bocawina National Park. There's still lots to do: do sightseeing your way with Private Tours and step off the mainland to explore Pumpkin Caye.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Placencia trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cayo to Placencia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Placencia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dangriga, Fishing Charters & Tours, Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 15:
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Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get outdoors at Shark Ray Alley and Mexico Rocks. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Rum Punch II. Change things up with a short trip to Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker (about 56 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Placencia to San Pedro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Mexico Rocks ©
Mexico Rocks
Skydiving

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Diving and Gumbalimba Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rusty Fish and Shawn Jackson Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Roatan: Utila (Iguana Research & Breeding Station & Bando Beach). Spend the 25th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Tabyana Beach, head outdoors with Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethesda Methodist Church, and stroll through West Bay Beach.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Roatan trip website .

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Utila
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 26:
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Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Punta Uva Beach and Puerto Viejo Beach. Visit Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (in Cahuita) and Veragua Rainforest Park (in Puerto Limon). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, and stop by Cho.co.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions app .

Getting from Roatan to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by combination of flight and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park, Nature Observatorio
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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 Butterfly Conservatory and Rio Chollin. Step off the beaten path and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park--about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and get outside with Canopy San Luis.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app .

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 your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

5
nights
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Playa Flamingo ©
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Conchal. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Zipline will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Flamingo side-trips: Pura Aventura (in El Guapote), Playa Avellana (in Playa Avellanas) and Spas & Wellness (in Tamarindo). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Dantita, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing, and stroll through Playa Brasilito.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Playa Flamingo trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Flamingo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, Zipline, Playa Dantita, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Zipline

4
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Playa Garza. Get a sense of the local culture at Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Step out of Playa Samara to go to Nosara and see Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Carrillo, and identify plant and animal life at dondeJavitours.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Playa Flamingo to Playa Samara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Garza, Puerto Carrillo
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

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.
Visit Playa Hermosa and Playa Montezuma for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen. Explore Santa Teresa's surroundings by going to Montezuma (Montezuma Falls & Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia). There's more to do: stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rainmaker Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Biesanz and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars (in Uvita) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical). Spend the 21st (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online tour planner .

Ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Rainmaker Park, Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

5
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Bejuco and Jaco Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, make a trip to Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, get great views at Mirador de Jaco, and view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Jaco day trip website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tee Times Costa Rica, Carara National Park, Tarcoles Bridge, Playa Bejuco
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

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