60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
9
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
10
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
11
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
12
Cayo, Belize
— 6 nights

4
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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.
Shop till you drop at Multiplaza Pacific and Machetazo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja. Step out of Panama City to go to Colon and see Gatun Locks, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: stop by Cinta Costera, examine the collection at Museu da Esmeralda, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Panama City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, things will get much hotter in Panama City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough 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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Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera

4
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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 Rincon de La Vieja National Park. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Dantita. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's more to do: view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip website.

Getting from Panama City to Playas del Coco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Playas del Coco due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Playa Dantita
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja 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, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, San Juanillo Beach
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

4
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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 Garza. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Guiones and Barrigona Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary & Nativa Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Playa Carrillo, browse the exhibits of Koss Art Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Carrillo.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
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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

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
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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. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Bejuco in Esterillos Este (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park, 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, Carara National Park, Tarcoles Bridge, Playa Bejuco
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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 Uvita Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Playa Biesanz, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

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

6
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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 Butterfly Conservatory will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Arenal Wilberth Stables, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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

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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 Nature Observatorio. There's much more to do: browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, stroll through La Ceiba, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning app.

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. Cap off 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

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

5
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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 Roatan Rum Company. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, walk around Gumbalimba Park, and look for gifts at Rusty Fish.

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

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Ray Alley and Belize Chocolate Company. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Pedro journey planner.

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

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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 Half Moon Caye National Monument will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal. Take a break from Cayo with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Caracol, get around town with MayaWalk Tours, take a peaceful walk through Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo online itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of shuttle and car from San Pedro to Cayo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. In April, daily temperatures in Cayo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Half Moon Caye National Monument, The Belize Zoo
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Cahal Pech ©
Cahal Pech
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project

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