60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  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
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Cayo, Belize
— 6 nights
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.
Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Metropolitan National Park and Punta Culebra Nature Center. When in Panama City, make a side trip to see Gatun Locks in Colon, approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, see the interesting displays at Biomuseum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Multiplaza Pacific.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Panama City journey planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Panama City is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in March; daily highs in Panama City reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Dantita. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shark Diving and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Step out of Playas del Coco to go to Liberia and see Zipline, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco day trip app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Panama City to Playas del Coco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Playas del Coco is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Zipline, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Playa Hermosa, Playa Dantita
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Zipline

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Avellana and Playa Mina. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). Saddle up on the 14th (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Buena Nena, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car 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
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Playa Garza. You'll get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary & Nativa Gallery). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Puerto Carrillo, stroll through Playa Buena Vista, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara trip planner .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2.5 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, Puerto Carrillo, Playa Garza, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Playa Carrillo
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza

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.
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 kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, ride a horse along Tokpela, and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa day trip app .

Drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to 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.
Get outdoors at Jaco Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Bejuco and Playa Mantas. Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 2.5 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, #Tours

Side Trips

Herradura, Playa Bejuco, Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, Carara National Park
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Horseback Riding 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.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Visit Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Nauyaca Waterfalls, & more). Spend the 28th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nahomi.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip maker website .

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive 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 Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Get outdoors at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and Lake Arenal. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Proyecto Asis and Rio Celeste. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 42 minutes away). On the 4th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin.

Plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Butterfly Conservatory, Rio Celeste
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River Rafting & Tubing
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Punta Uva Beach and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Visit Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Chiquita for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon to see Veragua Rainforest Park about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to 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

Cahuita, Manzanillo, Redfrogteam Biological Station, Veragua Rainforest Park
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rusty Fish and Shawn Jackson Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and West Bay Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tabyana Beach, head outdoors with Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort, stop by Diamonds International, and admire the natural beauty at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Roatan trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Roatan takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight. In April in Roatan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Belize Chocolate Company. For shopping fun, head to Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More or 12 Belize. Take a break from San Pedro with a short trip to Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker, about 56 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get outside with Rum Punch II.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro tour planner.

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Get some historical perspective at Caracol and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum. Visiting Green Iguana Conservation Project and MayaWalk Tours will get you outdoors. Explore Cayo's surroundings by going to Half Moon Caye National Monument (in Glovers Reef Atoll) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). Make the 27th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Elijio Panti National Park. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Xunantunich, explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum, stop by The Orange Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Cayo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. April in Cayo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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