60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Bus + Ferry:  2 h 15 min
6
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  10 h
10
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
11
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Shuttle + Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
Cayo, Belize
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Shuttle + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Shop till you drop at Multiplaza Pacific and PTYlocal. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and Iglesia del Carmen. Step out of Panama City to go to Colon and see Gatun Locks, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, get outside with Ancon Hill, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa.

Plan trip to Panama City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Panama City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in March; daily highs in Panama City reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
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Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

4
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Playa Hermosa. Visiting Palo Verde National Park and Playa Dantita will get you outdoors. There's more to do: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

Make your Playas del Coco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Panama City to Playas del Coco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Playas del Coco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Playa Dantita, Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park

5
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dolores Shop and Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Conchal and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo) and Playa Mina (in Playa Conchal). Saddle up on the 14th (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, stop by Buena Nena, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip tool.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, San Juanillo Beach, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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.
Relax by the water at Samara Beach and Playa Guiones. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Barrigona Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Playa Garza (in Garza), Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary & Nativa Gallery) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Carrillo, explore the galleries of Koss Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Buena Vista.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara online trip maker.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Puerto Carrillo, Playa Garza, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Playa Carrillo
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Horseback Riding Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, take a pleasant ride with Tokpela, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tokpela, Montezuma Falls
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jaco Beach and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Do your shopping at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Fruity Monkey Poop. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este) and Playa Blanca (in Herradura). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get lost in a book at Jaco Library and Learning Center, and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Herradura, Tarcoles Bridge, Playa Bejuco, Carara National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Venture out of the city with trips to Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Nauyaca Waterfalls) and Uvita Beach (in Uvita). There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get interesting insight from Tours, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Uvita Beach
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rio Celeste and Ecocentro Danaus. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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.
Visit Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Veragua Rainforest Park and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. There's still lots to do: stroll through Nature Observatorio, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park, Redfrogteam Biological Station
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
For shopping fun, head to Karma Jewelry Design or Rusty Fish. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Bay Beach, walk around Gumbalimba Park, and look for gifts at Roatan Rum Company.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Roatan day trip planning app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Roatan by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Take a break from the city and head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Belize Chocolate Company. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by 12 Belize.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro travel route planning app.

Getting from Roatan to San Pedro by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cayo.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

6
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.
Visiting Green Iguana Conservation Project and MayaWalk Tours will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Barton Creek Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cayo: The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Half Moon Caye National Monument (in Glovers Reef Atoll). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring at Elijio Panti National Park. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Caracol, explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, delve into the lush surroundings at Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and gain insight at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cayo driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Pedro to Cayo by combination of shuttle and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

The Belize Zoo, Half Moon Caye National Monument
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28:
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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project

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